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BY SAMSON MBII,25TH DEC 2017-Brighton & Hove Albion have reportedly had a bid in the region of £18m accepted for Celtic striker Moussa Dembele.
A host of clubs have been linked with the 21-year-old in recent months, including Manchester United, Chelsea, Everton and West Ham United, with some reports suggesting that the Scottish side were looking for a transfer fee as high as £27m.
According to England media, however, the Seagulls have succeeded with a bid of £18m – a figure that will make Dembele the club’s record signing, surpassing the £13.5m paid for winger Jose Izquierdo over the summer following their promotion to the Premier League.
The Frenchman joined Celtic from Fulham for a fee of just £400,000 in summer 2016 and went on to score 32 goals in 49 appearances during the Bhoys’ remarkable unbeaten domestic season last term.
Dembele – a graduate of the Paris Saint-Germain youth setup – missed the start of this season with a thigh injury but already has eight goals in 19 outings since recovering.