Brighton have achieved where West Ham failed by reaching a comprehensive deal to sign sought winger Ibrahim Osman, with details on how much they will pay and when he will arrive already known.
West Ham attempted to add a fresh left winger to their squad during the winter transfer window. The Hammers planned to offload both Said Benrahma and Pablo Fornals, as well as find a replacement in the attacking line, focusing on the left wing.
However, despite the departures of Benrahma (Lyon) and Fornals (Real Betis), West Ham failed to acquire a successor.
The team looked into signing Al-Ittihad’s Jota and Nordsjaelland’s Ibrahim Osman. In truth, Fabrizio Romano revealed that a deal of more than €18 million was made and then rejected for Osman.
Many Premier League clubs were interested in signing the 19-year-old right-footer. Aside from West Ham, writer Ben Jacobs noted that Brighton and Crystal Palace have expressed interest.
According to the Athletic’s David Ornstein, Osman will play for Brighton in the Premier League next season.
The Seagulls reached a ‘complete agreement’ with both the player and Nordsjaelland. Furthermore, Osman has already passed his medical exam.
Brighton will pay the Danish side €19.5 million (about £16.6 million), and because the January transfer window ended last week, Osman will have to wait until the summer to join the English south coast.
Osman follows in the footsteps of his fellow Ghanaian, Simon Adingra. Both players progressed through Ghana’s Right to Dream academy before joining Brighton after a brief time with Nordsjaelland.
The Seagulls have recently proven to be outstanding transfer market operators, as well as an exceptional club for rising young players to polish their skills.
Brighton manager Roberto De Zerbi will be hoping that the club has pulled off another market masterstroke. Osman’s success at the AMEX will undoubtedly be eagerly observed at West Ham.