Tottenham Hotspur have agreed a £30m deal with Brighton & Hove Albion for Mali midfielder Yves Bissouma.
The 25-year-old becomes Spurs boss Antonio Conte’s third summer signing, following deals for goalkeeper Fraser Forster and winger Ivan Perisic.
Bissouma, whose contract with the Seagulls expires in 12 months, has made 124 appearances since joining the club from Lille in July 2018.
The north London club were initially interested in signing him in January.
He is expected to undergo a medical at Tottenham later this week and the deal is subject to personal terms being agreed with the player.
The coveted central midfielder started 26 Premier League games for the Seagulls last season, scoring once.
He played an influential role in Graham Potter’s side as they secured ninth place in the Premier League – their highest finish in the club’s history.
Speaking last September, Bissouma said it was not his time to leave Brighton but that he wanted to play in the Champions League, which Spurs have qualified for next season.
Midfield has been a major issue for Spurs in recent seasons and the club is looking to sign at least two new midfielders, especially with Tanguy Ndombele, Giovani Lo Celso and Harry Winks all set to leave this summer.
Tottenham are ‘confident’ personal terms will not be an issue and that Bissouma is expected to complete his medical this week. Liverpool and Arsenal ‘considered’ signing him last summer.