Brighton are reportedly among several Premier League clubs showing an interest in Lyon winger Bertrand Traore.
According to Foot Mercato, Fulham appear to be in pole position as they have presented an offer for the player, who is valued at around €25m (£22.6m) by the Ligue 1 side, with Newcastle, Everton and Crystal Palace also believed to have designs on signing him.
Traore, who made 16 appearances for Chelsea during the 2015/16 season, has seen his stock at Lyon drop considerably over the past year or so, managing only four goals in 35 appearances last term and watching from the bench as his team reached the Champions League semi-finals.
He has yet to feature for Les Gones in the early weeks of the current campaign and, as per Foot Mercato, realises that he does not into Rudi Garcia’s plans at the Groupama Stadium but continues to train with the Ligue 1 side.
It isn’t hard to see why Graham Potter is seemingly in the market for a right winger in this transfer window. Currently, his only natural option in that role is Alireza Jahanbakhsh, who has managed a paltry two goals in 36 appearances for Brighton.
The Daily Mail had reported this week that the Seagulls were hoping to launch a last-ditch bid to sign Grady Diangana from West Ham, although Sky Sports claimed yesterday that West Brom have agreed a deal for the 22-year-old, who is set to have a medical at The Hawthorns.
While Brighton could do with adding a more potent right winger than Jahanbakhsh to their squad, Traore does not seem like the most ideal option to pursue.
Do Brighton need Bertrand Traore or is he overpriced?
If Lyon refuse to budge on their reported £22.3m asking price, it would force the Seagulls to smash their current transfer record of £20m on a player whose productivity in recent months has left a lot to be desired. Also, in this financially constrained transfer window, Albion could probably find more efficient ways to utilise their budget.
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