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Ipswich reject multiple offers from Premier League Brighton for starlet Dobra

PUBLISHED: 19:42 31 January 2020 | UPDATED: 22:38 31 January 2020

Armando Dobra has been the subject of interest from Brighton. Photo: ROSS HALLS

Armando Dobra has been the subject of interest from Brighton. Photo: ROSS HALLS

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Ipswich Town have rejected multiple offers from Premier League club Brighton & Hove Albion for midfielder Armando Dobra.

Ipswich Town rejected offers for Armando Dobra from Brighton on transfer deadline day. Picture: ROSS HALLSIpswich Town rejected offers for Armando Dobra from Brighton on transfer deadline day. Picture: ROSS HALLS

The offers are understood to have been less than £500,000 and fell well short of where the Blues value the 18-year-old, meaning they were flatly refused, with Paul Lambert a fan of the young Albanian international.

The Blues are understood to have received a number of enquiries for their players during the course of deadline day but are not looking to let their prized assets leave.

Dobra burst onto the scene in pre-season and earned a place in the first-team squad during the early weeks of the campaign, scoring on his debut against Luton in the Carabao Cup and then putting in a man-of-the-match display against Tottenham's Under 21s in the EFL Trophy.

He made his League One debut in the televised fixture with Accrington Stanley in October but was sent off soon after coming on.

Armando Dobra gets a hug from his manager at Luton Picture Pagepix LtdArmando Dobra gets a hug from his manager at Luton Picture Pagepix Ltd

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He remains a player manager Lambert likes, with the Town boss keen to integrate him into the first-team.

Lambert said earlier today that he would allow Dobra out on loan to aid his development, should the right offer arrive, but that move didn't materialise.

Armando Dobra gets a pat on the head for scoring Ipswich's consolation goal at Luton in the Carabao Cup Picture Pagepix LtdArmando Dobra gets a pat on the head for scoring Ipswich's consolation goal at Luton in the Carabao Cup Picture Pagepix Ltd

It's understood the Blues would now consider a move to a top end National League club, should a loan to an EFL side not materialise before tonight's transfer deadline.

"If somebody came in for Dobs we'd probably have to look at it," Lambert said of Dobra earlier today.

"He's in the same bracket as Idris, in what I think of the two of them, so whether something happens later on I don't know.

"He's definitely a good little player, Dobra."

"It's good for their development. If the club's going to go with the strategy of rearing its own because it doesn't have the finances to go and buy players, unless we sell a few guys, then that'a pathway we have to go with.

"Some will adapt well, one or two will find it a bit difficult, but Under 23s football isn't helping as I've said before."

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