Graham Potter is not losing sleep at Brighton despite reports linking Premier League starlet Tariq Lamptey to a money transfer to Arsenal or Tottenham Hotspur, speaking to The star.
Of course, Potter is no stranger to speculation.
After all, the Brighton boss has spent much of last summer talking about paper, fending off rumors suggesting people like Yves Bissouma may be quitting the Amex.
This week it was Lamptey’s turn to board the transfer ride.
According to The Express, Antonio Conte is on the hunt for a new full-back at Tottenham Hotspur with Lamptey, a former Chelsea youngster, emerging as the main contender.
Emerson Royal’s anemic performance in Wednesday’s 2-0 EFL Cup semi-final loss at Stamford Bridge, you think, wouldn’t have done much to change Conte’s mind.
Not that Potter is counting the minutes until the transfer window closes, mind you.
Who would Tariq Lamptey choose? Arsenal or Tottenham?
“I would expect all of our players to be with us (at the end of the window),” said Potter, who was actually linked to Spurs’ work before Conte.
“There is a lot of speculation, but nothing to report. The fact that there is speculation means that you are doing something very well. And as a club you can be okay with that kind of speculation.
“You never know what the window is doing to know if something is coming from the outside, which you have to take into account.
“We’re not a sales club at all, we don’t have to sell anyone. But you never know in this world, so you have to be a little aware of that. ”
Tottenham’s north London neighbors Arsenal have also been linked with Lamptey, via Duncan Castles of the Transfer Window Podcast.
The swaggering Lamptey would certainly represent a more adventurous alternative to the Takehiro “stable Eddie” Tomiyasu.
Arsenal, of course, have attacked Brighton once this season, investing £ 50million in center-back Ben White.
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