Report: Brighton in talks to sign £20m-rated Leicester-linked forward Alireza Jahanbakhsh

Jamiro Monteiro of SC Cambuur battles for the ball with Alireza Jahanbakhsh of AZ Alkmaar during the Dutch KNVB Cup Semi-final match between AZ Alkmaar and SC Cambuur held at AFAS Stadion...

Brighton and Hove Albion and Leicester City are reportedly keen on signing the AZ Alkmaar man.

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.

According to a report from the Daily Mail, Brighton are in talks with AZ Alkmaar to sign Leicester-linked Iranian forward Alireza Jahanbakhsh.

Chris Hughton guided his side to an impressive 15th placed finish in the Premier League table last season, but the Seagulls undoubtedly need to bolster their attacking department.

The 34 Premier League goals they scored in the league last season was the fourth lowest tally in the division, and they must find a way of being more potent in front of goal this time around, if they are to make further progress.

And Jahanbakhsh could be just the man for the job.

Iranian news outlet Vananews claimed earlier this month that Leicester were on the verge of signing the 24-year-old, but a move to the King Power Stadium has so far failed to materialise.

It now appears that the Foxes will face competition from Brighton for the Iran international forward's signature.

The south coast outfit are thought to be in talks with AZ Alkmaar over the possibility of signing Jahanbakhsh in a deal believed to be worth £20 million.

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 lively front-man was on fire in Holland last season, chalking up an impressive 22 goals and 14 assists in 39 appearances in all competitions.

He can play anywhere along the front-line, and would undoubtedly provide Brighton with more of a cutting edge in the final third.

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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