It appears the closer we get to the summer transfer window, the less of a chance Brighton have of signing Karl Toko-Ekambi.

A couple of weeks ago, we covered an interview the Angers striker gave Onze Mondial where he defended his decision to turn down the Seagulls in January, preferring to stay in France until the end of the season.

Add on top of that the fact more ‘reputable’ clubs have started circling, and it’s looking grimmer and grimmer for Chris Hughton.

Towards the end of March, Le Courrier de l’Ouest claimed Borussia Dortmund were thinking about Toko-Ekambi as a Michy Batshuayi substitute, and now Villarreal are said to also be looking at the 25-year-old.

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According to France Football, the Spanish club would love to repeat the deal they pulled off with Cédric Bakambu, which was to sign him for a ‘minimal’ fee and sell him for a big profit to China a few years later.

If Brighton are to get Ekambi, and Le10 Sport in March suggested they will give it another go in the summer, they’ll have to see off some very attractive competition indeed.