Brighton complete club record signing

Brighton & Hove Albion have completed the signing of Alireza Jahanbakhsh from AZ Alkmaar for an undisclosed club record fee, reported to be £17 million.

The 24-year-old winger has signed a five-year contract at the Falmer Stadium.

Jahanbakhsh is the Southeast club’s eighth summer signing as Chris Hughton looks to avoid relegation with the Seagulls for a second consecutive season.

Brighton’s latest signing joins Florin Andone (Deportivo La Coruña), Leon Balogun (Mainz 05), Jason Steele (Sunderland), Bernardo (RB Leipzig), David Button (Fulham), Yves Bissouma (Lille) and Percy Tau (Mamelodi Sundowns) to join the club already this summer.

Alireza Jahanbakhsh played in all three of Iran’s matches at this summer’s World Cup in Russia.  He started the Asian nation’s 1-0 win over Morocco in their opening match as well as the 1-1 draw with Portugal.  He came on as a substitute in the 1-0 defeat by Spain that prevented Iran from reaching the knockout stage.

The Iran international has 41 caps for his country and had been at Dutch Eredivisie side AZ Alkmaar since 2015.

Brighton start their 2018-19 Premier League campaign away to Watford on Saturday 11 August.