Date: 18th January 2011 at 12:30pm
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Brighton have reportedly turned down a £1million bid from Norwich City for star winger Elliott Bennett.

Brighton have reportedly turned down a £1million bid from Norwich City for star winger Elliott Bennett. Bennett who recently signed a long term deal with The Seagulls, has attracted scouts from many Championship teams with his contribution of 3 goals and 20 assists this season.

Norwich who signed Brighton skipper, Andrew Crofts in the summer, have had three bids turned down by Brighton chairman, Tony Bloom, the latest said to be £1million.

Wolverhampton Wanderers have a 25% sell on clause for the 23 year old from Telford, so if Brighton were to ever sell him, they would lose a quarter of that fee straight away. Bennett was signed by Russell Slade in 2009 for £200,000, scoring 7 times in his first season. This season he has really caught the eye with an array of tremendous performances, the latest against Peterborough United.

The Canaries seem determined to get their man, but Bloom has resisted all offers so far. The estimated cost of reaching The Championship is £4million, so losing Bennett would put that goal at serious risk as he has played his part in 23 of Brighton’s 50 goals this season.

Bennett seems happy enough at the club, but the lure of a top of The Championship football and a chance of Premier League football maybe too great for him to resist. He could easily up his monthly wage by a considerable amount, but is that worth it at the expense of regular football?

Only two players in Brighton’s history have been sold for more than £1million. Free scoring Bobby Zamora (to Tottenham Hotspur) and versatile defender Adam Virgo (to Celtic), but could Bennett be about to join that list?

Turning down £1million is a real statement of intent of just how far Brighton have come since Tony Bloom took over the club. Promotion is a real prospect, and The American Express Stadium is on it’s way next season.