By Pete O'Rourke

18th Feb, 2020 | 7:02pm

Exclusive: Bournemouth & Brighton plot moves to sign Ligue 1 striker

Premier League rivals Bournemouth and Brighton are both plotting moves to sign SC Amiens striker Serhou Guirassy this summer, Football Insider understands.

The 23-year-old has caught the eye at the Ligue 1 outfit this season, with a number of Premier League sides interested in doing a deal for his capture.

A source in France has told Football Insider that both the Seagulls and the Cherries both considered signing him during the January transfer window and that the south coast sides are looking at reigniting their pursuits at the end of the season.

Guirassy, who returned to France permanently last summer from Bundesliga outfit FC Koln, has gone on to net eight times this season for Amiens, who are battling against relegation back to Ligue 2.

He caught the attention of scouts once again in the club’s 4-4 draw with league leaders PSG last weekend, the former Lille man slotting home both the first and last goal of the eight-goal thriller.

Amiens are understood to be willing to sell Guirassy for the right price at the end of the season and the former France Under-20 international is believed be available for a fee in the region of £18million.

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With both Graham Potter and Eddie Howe keen on bolstering their attacking options, the French hitman, who played nine times and scored four for France’s under-20 side, is in their sights ahead of the summer.

Bournemouth have scored the fifth-least amount of goals in the Premier League this season with 26, Callum Wilson and Harry Wilson leading the way with seven and six apiece.

Brighton meanwhile have netted five more than the Cherries, Neal Maupay netting seven times, four more than any of his teammates.

In other Bournemouth news, it can be REVEALED how close Eddie Howe’s men came to losing one of their top stars during the January transfer window.