Brighton midfielder Yves Bissouma has signed a four-year contract with Tottenham, subject to a work permit being granted.
Sky sports news understands Spurs will initially pay £25m for the Mali international, potentially rising to £35m with performance-related add-ons.
Bissouma is said to have flown to the UK on Wednesday and stayed at the local hotel at Tottenham’s training ground.
The 25-year-old had just a year left on his contract at Brighton and will become Antonio Conte’s third summer signing after goalkeeper Fraser Forster and Ivan Perisic joined earlier this month.
Arsenal, Aston Villa and Everton were among the other clubs interested in signing Bissouma this summer after Brighton rejected an offer from Aston Villa for Bissouma in the January transfer window.
Tottenham have been eyeing Bissouma since he played for Lille and he was on their list of targets to replace Mousa Dembele in 2018.
But Spurs eventually signed Tanguy Ndombele in a club-record deal from Lyon, while Bissouma instead sealed a £15million move to Brighton, where he excelled in 124 appearances for the Seagulls.
Tottenham boss Conte was particularly impressed with Bissouma following his performances against Spurs last season.
Tottenham are still hoping for at least three more players, including a new right-back, with Middlesbrough’s Djed Spence a leading target, a new left-footed centre-back and another versatile striker.
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Tottenham Premier League fixtures 2022/23
Tottenham will start their 2022/23 Premier League season at home against Southampton on August 6, followed by a trip to London rivals Chelsea on August 13.
Antonio Conte’s side, who finished fourth last season and qualified for the Champions League, meet north London rivals Arsenal at The Emirates on October 1, with the return leg on January 14 at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Tottenham’s first newly promoted team is Nottingham Forest at the City Ground on August 27, followed by a midweek evening outing to London rivals West Ham on August 30.
Tottenham’s last game before the season break for the Winter World Cup in Qatar will be played at home against Leeds on November 12 and Spurs return to the Premier League in Brentford on Boxing Day.
Tottenham face back-to-back London derbies at home in the second half of the season as they host West Ham on February 18 and Chelsea on February 25.
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