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Elliott Bennett Hands In Transfer Request

Elliott Bennett Hands In Transfer Request
Winger Elliott Bennett has stunned Gus Poyet by handing in a transfer request from League One leaders, Brighton.

With the window closing at 11pm on Monday night, Bennett seems like he wants to push through a deal that will take him to Championship high flyers, Norwich City.

Tony Bloom has already turned down three offers from The Canaries, the latest said to be 1million. Bloom would want a lot more money, and reports suggest Norwich will splash out 1.5million to get their man.

Eddie Howe, the Burnley manager is also interested in the winger, and is set to start a bidding war with The Canaries.

Bennett was bought from Wolves by Russell Slade for 250,000, with Wolves adding a 25% sell on clause in that deal. If a deal went through for 1.5 million, that would see The Seagulls make a tidy 1million profit over two years.

With estimated rewards of promotion to The Championship set at 4million, a 1million short term profit doesn't seem beneficial to Brighton, especially with Brighton scoring 52 goals this season, with Bennett scoring 4 of them and setting up a further 21.

Without Bennett, The Seagulls will be a less potent force, although Poyet has already signed Craig Noone from Plymouth and taken Emmanuel Ledesma on trail after he was released by QPR.

The lure of a chance of Premier League football next season, and a massive wage increase look to have turned Bennett's head, despite signing a new 3-year deal earlier this season.

Writer:Vital BHA Gossip
Date:Friday January 28 2011
Time: 8:01AM

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