Rafael Benitez has told Brighton and Hove Albion to forget about signing striker Aleksandar Mitrovic this month even if they do come up with the asking price.

Newcastle United are locked in a battle to land Feyenoord frontman Nicolai Jorgensen in an attempt to strengthen their Premier League survival hopes and could be prepared to listen to offers for the Serbia international, who has indicated his intention to leave Tyneside this month, if they succeed.

Brighton are understood to have made a bid of around £7 million, less than half what Newcastle paid Anderlecht for Mitrovic in July 2015, but Benitez is determined he will not be sold to a relegation rival whatever the offer.

The manager said: “It was clear to him and his agent, if we can bring a striker in, then we can consider anything – apart from the Premier League. If we can’t bring in a striker, then we have to consider carefully because we need players.