Leicester cannot allow Brighton to beat them to Alireza Jahanbakhsh

Alireza Jahanbakhsh of Iran celebrates his side's win following the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group B match between Morocco and Iran at Saint Petersburg Stadium on June 15, 2018 in Saint...

Leicester City and Brighton and Hove Albion are both reportedly interested in signing the Iranian.

Claude Puel, Manager of Leicester City looks on during the The Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Fleetwood Town and Leicester City at Highbury Stadium on January 6, 2018 in...

Leicester boss Claude Puel will be desperate to bolster his attacking ranks at the King Power Stadium this summer, in an effort to guide his side back into contention for the European places this season.

Iranian media outlet Vananews claimed earlier this month that the Foxes are keen to land AZ Alkmaar hitman Alireza Jahanbakhsh.

The Daily Mail have this morning claimed that Brighton have joined Leicester in the race for the Iran international's signature, however, and Puel cannot allow the Seagulls to beat them to the punch.

The 24-year-old was in scintillating form in Holland last season, chalking up 22 goals and 14 assists in 39 appearances in all competitions for his club.

Jahanbakhsh can play anywhere along the front-line, and his direct style of play would help add fresh impetus to Leicester's play in the final third.

He is lethal when presented with a goalscoring opportunity, and possesses the uncanny knack of being able to find space in extremely tight areas.

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.

The 41-capped Iran international would be an excellent foil to Jamie Vardy, and his arrival at the King Power Stadium would undoubtedly help Leicester reach new heights this season.

For the reported fee of just £20 million, Leicester could secure themselves a real bargain by bringing Jahanbakhsh to the east Midlands, and they absolutely must not allow the Seagulls to beat them to his signature.

Alireza Jahanbakhsh of AZ Alkmaar gets past the tackle from Delvechio Blackson and Jamiro Monteiro of SC Cambuur during the Dutch KNVB Cup Semi-final match between AZ Alkmaar and SC...

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