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 considered as a highly-rated talent, decided against putting pen to paper on a new deal with the Seagulls.

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

Bayer Leverkusen and Wolfsburg are among a few clubs keeping tabs on the 17-year-old ahead of the January transfer window.

And the England Under-18 international is "open" to a move abroad.

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

He has also played twice for the Under-23s before and has displayed plenty of promise for the future.

Bundesliga teams have turned their attention to young English talent in recent years and appear willing to invest.

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