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Brighton’s bid for midfielder Amadou Haidara is rejected by RB Leipzig

Brighton have had an offer for Amadou Haidara rejected by RB Leipzig, who have told the midfielder they do not want to sell him this month.

A clause in the 24-year-old Haidara’s contract allows him to leave the Bundesliga side this summer. It is expected that there will be interest from Premier League teams and clubs competing in the Champions League.

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Brighton have been informed that Leipzig are not interested in a sale this late in the window, especially when they are four points behind Bayern Munich at the top of the table. Haidara, previously linked with Manchester United and Liverpool, has accepted Leipzig’s position.

Brighton’s interest in Haidara comes as they begin to look for potential replacements for Moisés Caicedo. Chelsea have had a £55m bid rejected for Caicedo and are likely to have to offer at least £75m to tempt Brighton into a sale. The Ecuador international, who is also being targeted by Liverpool, will remain at the Amex Stadium until the summer.

Fulham are close to signing Arsenal full-back Cédric Soares on loan for the rest of the season. Marco Silva is keen to increase his defensive options and knows Soares well after managing him at Sporting Lisbon.

Talks over the former Southampton player have gone well and it is expected that Fulham will cover the Portugal international’s wages. The loan is not expected to contain an option or obligation to purchase.

Soares, who has 18 months on his contract, has struggled for game time since joining Arsenal two years ago. Mikel Arteta has favored Ben White and Takehrio Tomiyasu at right back.

However, Silva believes Soares’ experience and versatility would suit Fulham, who are seventh after losing to Tottenham on Monday. Soares will compete with Kenny Tete for a starting spot.

Fulham have used their quota on two Premier League loans after signing Shane Duffy from Brighton and Dan James from Leeds. The deal for Soares cannot go ahead until they cancel one of them. An alternative would be to sign Duffy or James on a permanent basis.

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