The midfielder arrived at the Seasiders from Ligue 1 club Lille OSC in the summer window of 2018. Bissouma has made 110 English Premier League appearances for the Seagulls, registering three goals in the process.
The Mali international played a pivotal role for the Seasiders last season as they finished ninth place in the league table – the highest finish in their history.
His displays at the South Coast-based club caught the attention of several top clubs across Europe. He has been linked with a move away from the club in recent months.
Tottenham Hotspur news: Spurs agree £25 million fees to sign Yves Bisssouma
According to Fabrizio Romano, Yves Bissouma is set to become Tottenham Hotspur’s third signing of the season. They have already confirmed the acquisition of Fraser Foster and Ivan Perisic.
The London-based club have agreed to a €26 million fee with Brighton to sign the coveted midfielder. Spurs initially tried to sign Bissouma in the January transfer window but the deal failed to materialise.
The former Lille FC midfielder will undergo his medical at the Londoners later this week. The Londoners’ qualification for next season’s UCL played a massive role in persuading the Brighton man to join the club.
Other than Spurs, Arsenal were also in the race to secure the services of the Mali international in recent days.
What will the Mali international bring to the club?
Graham Potter has developed Bissouma as a box-to-box midfielder in recent years. His key strengths are his dribbling skills and ability to tackle, while also being adept at breaking opposition attacks with his excellent reading of the game. According to WhoScored, the former Lille OSC star averaged 2.9 tackles, 1.9 interceptions, and 1.3 dribbles per 90 in the league last term.
The coveted midfielder also completed 89.2 per cent of his attempted passes last term. Apart from that, he doesn’t shy away from shooting from distance either, as most of his goals for the Seasiders have come from outside the box.
Djed Spence is close to joining the Spurs
Middlesbrough defender Djed Spence is another name linked with a move to Tottenham in recent weeks. The English defender came into the limelight with his performances during his loan spell at Nottingham Forest last season.
According to The Athletic, the English defender prefers a move to Spurs this transfer window. Middlesbrough are demanding a transfer fee of £20 million for the defender, which Spurs are reportedly willing to pay.