Brighton and Hove Albion have made an €18m plus bonuses bid for Almería striker Darwin Núñez but face competition from Southampton for his signature.

That’s according to Diario de Almería, who say the Seagulls have joined the list of clubs, alongside Southampton, with a ‘known interest’ in the forward.

Brighton were first linked with a move for Núñez earlier this month, with a report stating that they and Sheffield United were willing to pay €15m for him this summer.

That was followed by reports that the Saints had also joined the bidding for his services, with it stated they had submitted a written offer worth €12m.

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Diario de Almería back all this up, stating that Southampton were the first to open the bidding for the striker with the aforementioned €12m bid.

That, though, is only half of what has been offered by Brighton, who have bid €18m plus seven in bonuses, which would take their offer close to the €25m that Benfica are willing to pay for him.

The newspaper states that Graham Potter’s side are ‘a little more ambitious’ than the other sides and hope that their bid will be enough to ‘convince’ those in charge of Almería to sell.

They’re still hoping they can sell to Benfica, whose offer is the ‘juiciest’ by far, but the Portuguese side are exploring other options such as Mariano Diaz at Real Madrid and Carlos Fernández.