Brighton are close to completing their first signing since promotion to the Premier League.
Chris Hughton's charges secured promotion to the top flight as runners-up after failing to nail down top spot. A last minute goal from Jack Grealish broke Brighton hearts while sending the Newcastle faithfuls into pandemonium.
That's despite boasting a seven point advantage with three games left. Needless to say, the message he gave a few weeks prior to the final day came back to bite him in the ass.
(Hughton's message comes back to haunt him:)
He'll still take his side to Spurs just not as Champion vs. Champion billing. And ahead of the 2017/18 Premier League campaign, Brighton are on the verge of completing an impressive signing.
Introducing Pascal Gross. According to the club, the German midfielder has agreed a four-year contract with Albion.
But he'll officially join when the transfer window reopens on 10th June for an undisclosed fee, subject to international clearance.
The 25-year-old has enjoyed experience in the Bundesliga having compiled close to 200 appearances across the top two German tiers.
Gross in action for Ingolstadt in the Bundesliga. Image: PA
"We are delighted that Pascal has opted to sign for us, amid interest from a number of clubs from the Premier League and across Europe, and I am pleased to welcome him to the club." Hughton told the official clubs website.
"He offers something different to our existing midfielders, as an attacking midfielder in a more advanced position, operating behind the forward line; he will give us a different and new option going into the new season."
Gross getting stuck in. This is what Brighton fans can expect. Image: PA
It appears Brighton have snapped up a pretty good signing judging by his statistics from this season. Gross created 95 chances which is more than any other player in the Bundesliga via Goal.
Gross is set to feature for Ingolstadt - who have been relegated from the Bundesliga - the final time on the weekend as they host Schalke.
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