Brighton Sign Iran's Alireza Jahanbakhsh For Club-Record Fee
Brighton signed Iran winger Alireza Jahanbakhsh from AZ Alkmaar for what the English Premier League side said was a "club-record" fee.
- Jahanbakhsh made three appearances for Iran at World Cup 2018
- Jahanbakhsh joined Brighton on a five-year deal
- We are delighted to welcome Alireza to the club, said Brighton manager
Brighton have signed Iran winger Alireza Jahanbakhsh from AZ Alkmaar for what the English Premier League side said Wednesday was a "club-record" fee. The Seagulls, however, have not disclosed the amount they paid to Dutch club Alkmaar to bring the 24-year-old Jahanbakhsh to England's south coast on a five-year deal. Jahanbakhsh made three appearances for Iran at this year's World Cup in Russia and was also the leading scorer in the Netherlands' top-flight Eredivisie last season with 21 goals in 33 games.
"We are delighted to welcome Alireza to the club," said Brighton manager Chris Hughton in a statement. "We are particularly pleased to get this deal over the line.
"Ali is a player that we have been aware of and monitored for a few years, and his versatility will increase our attacking options within the squad.
"He can play in a wide position or a central midfield attacking role, and I am now very much looking forward to working with him."
Jahanbakhsh's arrival makes him the eighth new player to have joined Brighton in pre-season following Florin Andone, Leon Balogun, Yves Bissouma, David Button, Bernardo Fernandes da Silva Junior, Jason Steele and Percy Tau.