According to our sources, Brighton have held talks about signing Moussa Dembele from Celtic.
A close source revealed that an £18m fee has been agreed between the clubs, but Celtic and Brighton deny this. Ahead of Brighton’s visit to Chelsea on Boxing Day, Seagulls boss Chris Hughton admitted Dembele fits the profile of the type of player Brighton would be interested in.
Jeremy Langdon asked if he was interested in Dembele, Hughton said: “He’s a very good player who has had a very good season. He is not our player he just happens to be one of probably 100 names you could mention that I probably would [want]. But he’s not our player and neither is anybody else that might be thrown into the mix.”
Since joining Celtic following the expiry of his contract with Fulham 18 months ago, Dembele has been a revelation. The striker made 49 appearances in all competitions during his first season with the Hoops and scored 32 goals before his campaign was curtailed by a thigh injury.
He missed the start of this season due to a hamstring injury and has scored eight goals in 19 appearances. He came through the ranks at Paris Saint-Germain and joined Fulham in 2012. In 2013, he made his first-team debut coming on as a substitute in a 3-0 Premier League defeat at West Ham. He scored 19 goals in 64 appearances for Fulham before joining Celtic on a four-year contract in June 2016.
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