BRIGHTON are lining up a new deal for teenage star Evan Ferguson.
The striker, 18, has enjoyed a sensational breakthrough season.
Despite only agreeing a professional contract in October, the Seagulls are now preparing fresh terms to ward off any interest.
Ferguson's form since making the step up to the first team has caught the eye of the Premier League's big clubs.
Liverpool, Manchester United and Chelsea all tried to nab Ferguson ahead of Brighton when he made the move over from Bohemians in Ireland two years ago.
And their interest has not gone away thanks to his seven goals and three assists in 16 senior appearances this season.
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Tottenham have also been linked with a move for the Republic of Ireland international, who scored on his first start for Stephen Kelly's side against Latvia last week.
Despite the interest, Ferguson is keen to continue his growth at The Amex following a flying start under Italian boss Roberto De Zerbi, who has been full of praise for the young striker.
Earlier this month, De Zerbi said: "He is unique for us in terms of quality, in terms of characteristic.
"He knows very well the way to score. I think he can and he has to improve, in the quality of play, in ball possession, to keep the ball better.
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"But he is 18 and he will improve for sure, because I know the guy, I know his passion, his attitude. I have no doubt."
Ferguson would be the latest in a host of Brighton stars to commit to new deals this season.
Moises Caicedo, Solly March, Alexis Mac Allister and Adam Lallana have all agreed contract extensions since De Zerbi's arrival last year.
And Japan international Kaoru Mitoma could soon be due one as well.
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