Celtic must make ambitious Anthony Knockaert swoop if Brighton sign Jahanbakhsh

According to reports in The Daily Mail, Brighton and Hove Albion are in talks over a club-record £20m deal to sign AZ Alkmaar winger Alireza Jahanbakhsh, and Scottish Premiership side Celtic should be watching developments closely.

What’s the word, then?

Alireza Jahanbakhsh in action against Turkey

Well, The Daily Mail report that the Seagulls are in discussions to bring the Iran international, who featured for his country at the World Cup in Russia this summer, to the Amex Stadium, with Chris Hughton looking to boost his attacking options ahead of the new campaign.

The 24-year-old primarily plays on the right wing and that is where he has really been shining for the Eredivisie club, scoring 37 goals and providing a further 31 assists in 111 appearances in all competitions.

Should he arrive on the south coast of England, he would be competing with the likes of Jose Izquierdo, Anthony Knockaert and Solly March, as well as potentially Florin Andone and Jurgen Locadia, for a spot in the starting XI.

Why should Celtic be monitoring the situation?

Well, if Brighton are spending £20m on a player you would expect him to be a guaranteed spot in Chris Hughton’s team, and that is likely to be on his preferred right wing position – one that Knockaert often filled last term.

With Jose Izquierdo impressing on the opposite flank, it could be the tricky Frenchman that finds himself on the substitutes’ bench, which could prove to be frustrating for the 26-year-old.

Of course the Bhoys, who must also look to boost their centre-back options with a bargain £3m deal, are in desperate need of a new winger having seen Patrick Roberts go back to Manchester City following a loan spell, and there is no doubt that Knockaert is a player that would thrive in the Scottish Premiership.

The offer of Champions League football – something the former Leicester City man looks unlikely to achieve while playing for the Seagulls – could tempt him to move north of the border if Rodgers makes his move.