Brighton & Hove Albion have had a £6m bid rejected for Bristol City defender Aden Flint, according to Sky Sports News.

Flint has established himself as a key part of the Bristol City side which currently occupies 5th place in the Championship this season, as well as impressing in the Robins run to the Carabao Cup semi finals.

The 6ft 5 central defender has just 18 months left to run on his current deal, and with contract negotiations yet to take place a number of clubs could be set to pounce.

Manager Lee Johnson will be keen to keep one of his key assets at the club beyond January, with City looking to maintain a second half of the season promotion push to the Premier League.

Chris Hughton is in the market for January reinforcements with Brighton sitting just one point above the relegation zone in the top flight, as they look to avoid an immediate return to the Championship.

Flint began his career at non league side Alfreton Town. Throughout his career he has been renowned for his goalscoring prowess from defence, and during his time at the club he scored 45 goals in 100 appearances.

In January 2011 Flint joined League Two side Swindon Town on a two and a half-year deal. In his first full season with the club he became a consistent performer in Town’s League Two title victory.

In his second season at Swindon, he established himself as a key player as the club qualified for the League One play offs in their first season back in the third tier. In 2013 he left for Bristol City, having scored four goals in 64 games.

In 2015, Flint scored an astonishing 15 goals as the Robins won the League One title. He has been a key part of the side which has seen them twice narrowly avoiding relegation back to the third tier, including winning the clubs player of the yet in 2015/16.

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