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Yves Bissouma to Tottenham: Spurs agree £25m deal for Brighton midfielder scouted by Arsenal and Manchester United
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Ottenham agree a deal for Brighton midfielder Yves Bissouma after agreeing to pay a transfer fee of around £25million.

Bissouma has just 12 months left to fulfill his current contract and Brighton are ready to cash in this summer instead of losing it for nothing next year.

Spurs boss Antonio Conte has made signing a midfielder one of his main targets this summer and a deal for Bissouma could be completed this week.

Tottenham have agreed to pay Brighton around £25m for the 25-year-old and personal terms shouldn’t be a problem.

Bissouma has impressed for Brighton in recent seasons, with Arsenal and Manchester United among other clubs to scout him.

Tottenham have made their interest materialize, however, and the Mali international is set to become their third summer signing, after goalkeeper Fraser Forster and winger Ivan Perisic both arrived on free transfers.

Brighton midfielder Yves Bissouma is set to become Tottenham’s third summer signing this week

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Spurs are ready to back Conte this summer and, in addition to Bissouma, they want to sign a centre-back, striker and right-back.

Djed Spence is their main target at right-back and talks with Middlesbrough over a deal are set to accelerate now that he has finished his international commitments with the England Under-21s.

Tottenham are also fans of Everton striker Richarlison but they are yet to confirm their interest with an official offer. Spurs have other options for the striker position and have been offered the chance to make a bid for Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus, who is also wanted by Arsenal.

Tottenham are also working hard to strengthen their squad off the pitch by bringing in Gretar Steinsson as performance director and adding Simon Davies to their academy setup.

Steinsson, a former Iceland international who represented Bolton during his playing career, previously worked at Everton as a recruitment manager.

Davies worked at Anderlecht alongside Vincent Kompany and it was thought he could follow the Belgian to Burnley, but the 48-year-old is heading to Spurs instead.

Tottenham have also decided to bring in Andy Scoulding, Rangers’ highly regarded head scout.


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