Second midfielder bid turned down

Dale Stephens
Dale Stephens

Burnley are believed to have had a second bid for a midfielder rejected.

After seeing a £3.5m offer for Derby County's Jeff Hendrick turned down, Brighton have also reportedly knocked back a £4m bid for Dale Stephens.

Bolton-born Stephens formed one of the best central midfield partnerships in the Championship last season with Beram Kayal, scoring seven goals - including one against the Clarets - and claiming five assists.

He has one year remaining on his deal at the Amex Stadium, and the 27-year-old former Bury and Oldham man is believed to be keen on a return to his native north west.