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Arsenal and Spurs have been linked with a move for Tariq Lamptey this month but Brighton manager Graham Potter is not expecting any departures this winter.

The 21-year-old has established himself as one of the Premier League’s finest right-backs after swapping boyhood club Chelsea for Brighton two years ago and has impressed since.

Lamptey did miss the start of the season through injury but has been in fine form since his return to Potter’s side and has now been targeted by the Gunners and Spurs.

According to several reports, both London clubs are ready to battle it out for Lamptey’s signature with the Seagulls slapping a hefty £50million price-tag on the right-back.

Mikel Arteta reportedly wants to bring in competition for Takehiro Tomiyasu, while Antonio Conte wants the same for his side.

But it appears Brighton are in no rush to sell Lamptey midway through the season after Potter indicated on Thursday there have been no advances as of yet from either London club:

‘I’d expect all our players to be with us [come the end of January].

‘There is a lot of speculation out there but nothing to report. Speculation means we are doing something well, as a team and a club.

‘There has been no bids so far.’

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