Chris O'Grady: Brighton's Chris Hughton says striker will stay

Chris O'Grady and Mathieu Flamini
Chris O'Grady has scored two goals in 17 appearances for Brighton

Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton says striker Chris O'Grady will not leave the Championship club in the January transfer window.

O'Grady, 29, had a spell on loan at Sheffield United earlier this season and the Blades were reported to be interested in re-signing him.

"There has been a bit of speculation about Chris," Hughton told BBC Sussex.

"I am delighted with what I have seen from him and, certainly, he will not be going anywhere."

O'Grady joined Brighton from Barnsley last summer on a three year-deal but did not score in his first 11 appearances for the club.

The former Leicester trainee joined League One side Sheffield United in November on a two-month deal but, following Sami Hyypia's resignation as Brighton manager, he was recalled by Albion at the end of December.

O'Grady has featured regularly since his return, scoring two goals in six appearances and starting their last two games.

After scoring his first goal for Brighton earlier this month, O'Grady told BBC Sussex his first few months on the south coast had been tough and had "tested a lot of relationships" in his life.

Hughton, 56, has been impressed with O'Grady's contribution since he took charge of Brighton on 31 December, adding: "You get to know players over time and what he has shown in my period here probably puts a stop to lots of speculation.

"I think it is testament to what Chris has done in this latest period. I can't speak about earlier in the season. I can only judge him on what I see and he has done excellently for himself and the team."

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