​Crystal Palace are planning a raid on Brighton & Hove Albion for star player Dale Stephens,​according to the Daily Star, with the Eagles are hoping pinch the midfielder from under the noses of Premier League rivals Burnley, who have already seen three bids for Stephens rejected by the Seagulls.

Middlesbrough v Brighton and Hove Albion - Sky Bet Championship

The Clarets saw a £4m offer for the centre midfielder rebuffed two weeks ago, before seeing an increased bid also declined by the south coast club.

And Palace manager Alan Pardew is set to swoop in to try and seal a deal for Stephens ahead of Burnley boss Sean Dyche.

Stephens was instrumental in helping the Gulls's march to the Championships play-offs last season.

Colchester United v Crystal Palace - Pre-Season Friendly

The 26-year-old weighed in with seven goals and four assists in 45 appearances as Chris Hughton's men finished third in the league standings.

A 3-1 aggregate loss to Sheffield Wednesday ended Brighton's hopes of a first top-flight appearance since the 1982/83 season.

However, Stephens' personal form last term has alerted the likes of Burnley and Palace to his ability to ply his trade in the Barclays Premier League.

Charlton Athletic v Burnley - Sky Bet Championship

Burnley are eyeing a midfield replacement for Joey Barton, who left in favour of playing for Glasgow Rangers in the Scottish Premier League.

Dyche has already drafted in Johann Berg Gudmundsson from Charlton Athletic to bolster his midfield options ahead of the new campaign and has also acquired goalkeeper Nick Pope from the Addicks, as well as Motherwell's Robbie Leitch and Bolton's Jamie Thomas.

Palace, meanwhile, have strengthened their first-team squad with the signings of Andros Townsend, Steven Mandanda and James Tomkins from Newcastle United, Marseille and West Ham United respectively.