Brighton have completed the signing of Iran striker Alireza Jahanbakhsh for a ‘club record fee’ of £17m from from Dutch side AZ Alkmaar.
Alireza Jahanbakhsh signed a five-year contract with Albion and becomes Chris Hughton’s eighth signing of the summer window.
Jahanbakhsh who can play as a winger or forward was the top scorer in the Dutch Eredivisie in 2018/19, scoring 21 times as AZ Alkmaar finished third.
As quoted by Brighton’s official website, manager Hughton said: “We are delighted to welcome Alireza to the club, and 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 central midfield attacking role, and I am now very much looking forward to working with him.”
In addition to five years’ experience in the Netherlands, Jahanbakhsh also has 41 caps for Iran and featured in all three of his country’s matches at the World Cup in Russia.