Sources: Liverpool given green light for last-gasp deal as Brighton swoop for Niasse
Brighton are plotting a late-window move for Lille midfielder Cheikh Niasse amid fears they could lose Yves Bissouma to Liverpool, Football Insider can exclusively reveal.
The Seagulls are in the market for a central midfielder amid doubts over Bissouma with just days remaining in the summer window.
A Brighton source has told Football Insider that the club have set their sights on Niasse, 21, as a potential Bissouma replacement.
The 24-year-old has been strongly linked with Liverpool, as well as Arsenal and Man United, this summer.
Liverpool have now been given the green light to land Bissouma in what would be a stunning late deal.
Brighton are holding out for a £40million-plus fee for their prize asset.
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Liverpool have lost key man Gini Wijnaldum to Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer.
Bissouma has impressed for the Seagulls since signing from Lille in 2018.
The Mali international has played 98 times for Brighton, scoring four and assisting two.
Brighton are looking to French champions Lille yet again for a potential Bissouma replacement.
Niasse played just once for the French club last term but was loaned to Greek giants Panathinaikos for the second half of the campaign.
The 21-year-old made 15 appearances for the Athens side, helping them to fifth place in the Greek Super League.
The uncapped midfielder holds French citizenship but is eligible for Senegal.
Niasse is contracted to Lille until 2023.
Lille have lost a number of key men, including Boubakary Soumare and Mike Maignan, after winning Ligue 1 last term.
Brighton have already sold a key asset this summer in Ben White, who joined Arsenal for around £50million.