July 18, 2018 / 3:44 AM / 2 months ago

Brighton sign Mali midfielder Bissouma from Lille

(Reuters) - Brighton and Hove Albion have signed Malian midfielder Yves Bissouma from French club Lille on a five-year contract, the Premier League side has said.

FILE PHOTO - Football Soccer - French Cup Quarter-final match - Monaco v Lille - Louis II Stadium, Monaco - 4/04/2017 - Monaco's Benjamin Mendy in action with Lille's Yves Bissouma. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

The 21-year-old, who has earned 13 caps for his country, made 55 appearances for Lille after making his senior debut for the Ligue 1 side in 2016.

"He is someone with good technical ability on the ball, and has good experience at a relatively young age, after playing regularly in a competitive French league for the past two seasons," Brighton manager Chris Hughton told the club website www.brightonandhovealbion.com.

Bissouma is Brighton’s sixth signing in the current window as the Seagulls aim to improve on their 15th-placed league finish from last season.

Reporting by Aditi Prakash in Bengaluru

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