Brighton youngster Zak Sturge, 17, rejects new contract amid transfer interest from Leverkusen and Wolfsburg

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Brighton youngster Zak Sturge, 17, rejects new contract amid transfer interest from Leverkusen and Wolfsburg

Brighton youngster Zak Sturge has turned down a contract extension from the club.

Sources have told SunSport that Sturge, who is regarded as a highly-rated talent, decided to put pen to paper on a new deal with Siegel.

Brighton youngster Zak Sturge has rejected a new deal and is targeted by Bundesliga clubs

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Brighton youngster Zak Sturge has rejected a new deal and is targeted by Bundesliga clubs

The left-back has shown immense potential within the team’s youth ranks and has attracted interest from the Bundesliga.

Bayer Leverkusen and Wolfsburg are among the few clubs eyeing the 17-year-old ahead of the January transfer window.

And the England Under-18 international is “open” to going abroad.

Sturge has yet to make a senior appearance for Brighton, but has played seven league games for the Under-18s this season.

He has played twice for the Under-23s in the past and has displayed a lot of promise for the future.

Bundesliga teams have in recent years focused their attention on young English talent and are willing to invest.

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Jadon Sancho prospered during his four-year stint at Borussia Dortmund after leaving Manchester City in 2017.

The return to the Premier League in a big way came after signing for Manchester United last summer after a staggering £73million move.

Jude Bellingham joined Sancho at Dortmund following his transfer from Birmingham last year and has since put up a standout performance at Westfalenstadion.

Bayern Munich were previously keen to bring in Chelsea’s Callum Hudson-Odoi in place of club legend Arjen Robben.

Hudson-Odoi stayed at Stamford Bridge but Bayern looked for another youngster with an English background at Jamal Musiala.

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