Brighton and Hove Albion are set to match the asking price of Racing Genk winger Leandro Trossard, according to The Argus.
The Seagulls are believed to have had a bid of £15million rejected earlier in the week but look set to table an offer of £18million for the club captain.
The 24-year-old has just concluding a remarkable campaign for the Belgian Pro League champions, scoring 22 and assisting 11 in 44 appearances in all competitions.
Former Swansea manager Graham Potter is now at the helm at Albion, so this signing would mark the beginning of renovation and improvement for the South Coast side, after narrowly avoiding relegation by just two points last season.
Trossard would be a great coup for the Amex Stadium outfit, the two-footed winger is sharp, has a wealth of different tricks and is willing to work hard offensively and defensively.
Last season’s record signing Alireza Jahanbakhsh, formerly of PSV, was expected to light up the Premier League when he was signed by Chris Hughton last year, but the Iranian has fallen well below expectations in his English debut campaign.
The Seagulls will have to see off competition from Arsenal, Tottenham, Borussia Dortmund and AS Monaco if they want to secure Trossard’s sought-after signature, but the prospect of consistent top-tier minutes could swing the versatile midfielder in favour of lining up in the blue and white strip of Brighton come August.