Report: Brighton and Norwich battle to sign ex-Premier League youngster William Troost-Ekong

William Ekong - Tottenham Hotspur in action against Kingstonian

The Genk defender was on the books of Tottenham Hotspur as a teenager.

William Ekong - Tottenham Hotspur in action against KingstonianTroost-Ekong in action for Spurs

Brighton & Hove Albion are battling Norwich City to sign former Tottenham Hotspur defender William Troost-Ekong, according to a report in Thursday's Sun newspaper (page 57)

Troost-Ekong, who was born in the Netherlands but represents Nigeria at international level, is currently on the books of Belgian giants Genk, having spent the 2015-16 campaign on loan at Norwegians, Haugesund.

The 22-year-old was with Spurs until as recently as 2013, and has since turned out for Dutch pair FC Groningen and FC Dordrecht.

Norwich's Russell Martin and Wes Hoolahan applaud the fans at the end of the match after being relegated from the Barclays Premier LeagueNorwich are returning to the Championship after a year away

Both Brighton and Norwich will be aiming for promotion from next season's Championship, with the Seagulls defeated by Sheffield Wednesday in the play-offs and the Norfolk side dropping out of the Premier League.

And there could be a vacancy at the Amex Stadium, after Brighton released Gordon Greer last month.

Brighton's Gordon GreerGreer has been allowed to leave Brighton

Norwich, though, may find Troost-Ekong more difficult to accommodate, with Russell Martin, Sebastien Bassong, Timm Klose and Ryan Bennett all vying for places.

The imposing centre-back, who has six caps for the Super Eagles, has two years left on his deal in Belgium, though he is yet to play for Genk in a competitive fixture.

Norwich's Timm Klose celebrates scoring their first goalKlose only arrived at Carrow Road in January

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