Report: Brighton and Hove Albion plan bold club-record bid for Celtic star Moussa Dembele, still £10m away from deal

Moussa Dembele celebrates his 2nd goal (Celtic's 4th) during the Betfred Cup Semi-Final at Hampden Park on October 21, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Brighton and Hove Albion are reportedly keen on Celtic striker Moussa Dembele.

Moussa Dembele celebrates his 2nd goal (Celtic's 4th) during the Betfred Cup Semi-Final at Hampden Park on October 21, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

According to the Daily Mail, Brighton and Hove Albion are interested in snapping up Celtic striker Moussa Dembele in January – but they may struggle to reach the £30million asking price.

Dembele, 21, joined Celtic in a bargain deal back in the summer of 2016 after his Fulham contract expired, and he excelled last season with 32 goals in 49 games for the Bhoys.

The French under-21 international has continued to thrive this season, scoring eight times in 14 appearances in all competition, but speculation persists over his future.

Celtic's French striker Moussa Dembele (R) fights for the ball with Paris Saint-Germain's Brazilian defender Dani Alves during the UEFA Champions League Group B football match between...

Dembele has been linked with a whole host of English sides, and the Daily Mail now report that Brighton and Hove Albion are plotting a club-record bid for Dembele in January.

The Seagulls need a new striker, and are allegedly willing to offer £20million for Dembele, shattering their club-record outlay – but it's claimed that Celtic's asking price is £30million.

It seems unlikely that Brighton would be able to bridge that £10million gap midway through the season, and Celtic are unlikely to give any sort of discount given that they are under no pressure to sell.

Moussa Dembele of Celtic celebrates victory during the Betfred Cup Semi Final match between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on October 23, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Many would question just why Dembele would leave Europa League football to go and join Brighton, but a move back to England may be inevitable in 2018, with a summer move more likely than a January deal.

Celtic certainly shouldn't sell for just £20million given the striker's exceptional record, and whilst Brighton may well want Dembele, it would be a huge surprise to see the Seagulls secure his signature.

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