Report: Brighton negotiate £22m Alireza Jahanbakhsh move; three years after he snubbed Seagulls

Chris Hughton, Manager of Brighton and Hove Albion looks on prior to the Premier League match between Brighton and Hove Albion and Huddersfield Town at Amex Stadium on April 7, 2018 in...

Premier League club Brighton and Hove Albion could reportedly splash the cash with AZ Alkmaar winger Alireza Jahanbakhsh in demand.

Alireza Jahanbakhsh of Iran celebrates after the match during FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier match between Iran and Uzbekistan at Azadi Stadium on June 12, 2017 in Tehran, Iran.

Back in the summer of 2015, Brighton and Hove Albion were close to signing a little-known Iranian winger by the name of Alireza Jahanbakhsh.

But, as reported by the Argus, he rejected a £1.4 million move from NEC Nijmegen, which might have had something to do with the fact that Brighton had finished 20th in the previous Championship season and came far too close for comfort to relegation to League One.

These days, however, the Seagulls are planning for their second successive Premier League campaign and therefore a move to the Amex should, on paper, be far more tempting for a player Brighton have continued to scout over the last three years.

Ajax's Mitchell Dijks (L) vies with Alkmaar's Ali Reza Jahanbakhsh (R) during the Dutch Eredivisie match between AZ Alkmaar and Ajax in Alkmaar on December 17, 2017.

As reported by Voetbal Inside, Brighton are in talks with AZ Alkmaar about potentially signing the 24-year-old, although he would cost a lot more than £1.4 million now.

Jahanbakhsh was in inspired form during the 2017/18 season, winning the Eredivisie Golden Boot after netting 21 goals in 33 games from the right wing, even drawing comparisons with one Mo Salah.

Iran's Alireza Jahanbakhsh looks on prior to the international friendly football match between Iran and Uzbekistan at Tehran's Azadi Stadium on May 19, 2018. (Photo by ATTA KENARE

As a result, Voetbal Inside are reporting that AZ will now demand £22 million for their prized asset, whose value could increase further should he cause a splash against Portugal and Spain at the World Cup.

If Brighton pull off the deal, Jahanbakhsh would replace fellow Eredivisie export Jurgen Locadia as their all-time record signing.

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