According to the Daily Mail, Brighton are looking towards Celtic’s Moussa Dembele to add to the club’s firepower, as they try to facilitate their stay in the Premier League.
Brighton manager Chris Hughton is considering the French striker as a much needed addition to his frontline. Hughton was left lamenting after he was unable to secure his targets in the summer transfer window, but will avoid repeating the same mistake this time round when the window reopens in January.
Brighton have enjoyed a stable start to their Premier campaign thus far, surprising doubters that preassigned them to a season of relegation scrapping. However, the south coast side find themselves amongst the middle of the pack at 12th position.
Celtic have set the valuation of Dembele at £30m, though reports emanating from the Daily Mail state that Hughton will test Celtic’s resolve at around the £20m mark.
Brighton already broke the club record on transfer fee earlier this season when they acquired Colombian winger Jose Izquierdo for £13.5m, and look set to break that record again with the acquisition of Dembele.
The 21-year-old has so far netted eight times in 16 appearances for the Scottish champions this season, and perhaps a move to the more renowned Premier League could garner Didier Deschamps’ attention for a place in the French World Cup squad.
Celtic will be reluctant to sell the Frenchmen, as manager Brendan Rodgers aims to strengthen his side to make up for the gulf in class between them and the big clubs in the Champions League. Earlier this week, Celtic bowed out the Champions League finishing third in their group, but entered the Europa League competition via the backdoor.
If Rodgers’ plans are to strengthen, then they shouldn’t be entertaining any Dembele departure talks, yet Brighton will try to lure him away with the promise of Premier League football.