Brighton & Hove Albion have confirmed the signing of Iranian winger Alireza Jahanbakhsh from Dutch side AZ Alkmaar for a fee yet to revealed but believed to be around £17m, which is a club record fee.
The Iranian winger, who shone at the World Cup, has now put pen to paper to sign a five-year deal with the English club and becomes their eight signing this summer.
The 24-year-old played in all three matches for his Country Iran in their short spell at the 2018 FIFA World Cup held in Russia.
Jahanbakhsh started in their World Cup matches, which resulted in a 1-0 win over Morocco and a 1-1 draw against Portugal, but was on as a substitute in a 1-0 defeat against Spain, which ended Iran campaign in the World Cup.
The Eredivisible top scorer last season, has been with the Dutch club since 2015 bagged 37 goals in 111 appearance for Alkmaar and has won 41 caps for his country.
Brighton boss, Chris Hughton said via BBC:”His versatility will increase our attacking options within the squad.”
“Ali is a player that we have been aware of and monitored for a few years,” continued Hughton.
“I am now very much looking forward to working with him.”
The Seagulls finished at the 15th position in the Premier League last season, but with the signing of help them attain a higher position in this coming campaign.
Brighton have now completed the signing of eight new players to the club, namely – Striker Percy Tau, Florin Andone from Deportivo, midfielder Yves Bissouma from Lille, Bernando from RB Leipzig, defender Leon Balogun from Mainz 05, Goalkeeper Jason Steele for free and David Button from Fulham.
The Chris Hughton new signings will all be put to their first major test in the Premier League opener match against Watford.