Former Sheffield United target Sander Berge is set to join Brighton and Hove Albion in a £28m deal, reports the Mirror.
The Blades are said to have already had a £22m bid for the Genk midfielder rejected this summer.
Belgian newspaper HLN reported at the time that Berge was interested in a move to the Premier League. However, the Norway international is setting his sights higher than a newly promoted club.
Now Brighton look set to secure Berge’s services, with the 21-year-old also being of interest to Lazio.
It will see the Seagulls break their transfer record for a third time since Graham Potter became manager in May. They have already paid £18m for Berge’s former Genk teammate Leandro Trossard. They followed that up with the £20m signing of Adam Webster from Bristol City.
Berge’s current club have offered him a lucrative new four-year contract to convince him to remain in Belgium.
Why the Blades might want Sander Berge
According to the Sheffield Star, Chris Wilder is keen to make one more signing before the transfer window shuts at 10pm tonight.
This is despite the fact there have already been eight new arrivals at Bramall Lane since earning promotion from the Championship.
Wilder would like a box-to-box midfielder and has already been linked with Leeds United ace Kalvin Phillips. However, the asking price has effectively ruled them out of a deal.
Berge arguably falls more into the defensive midfield category, but after a summer largely concentrating on attack that may be no bad thing for the Blades.
Of their eight new additions, only three aren’t forward-minded. That includes goalkeeper Dean Henderson, centre-back Phil Jagielka and utility man Ben Osborn.
Yet when it comes to Berge, it seems that Brighton are going to win this particular battle.