Brighton and Hove Albion are keen on NAC Breda centre-back Jan Paul van Hecke and are willing to match the Dutch club’s asking price for him.

That’s according to BN Destrem, who report the Premier League have registered an interest in the defender.

The Seagulls are likely to continue building under manager Graham Potter, having managed to secure another season of Premier League football this year.

Continuing their policy of signing young players will be key, with Potter having handed several youngsters their chance to shine this season.

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Twenty-year-old Van Hecke would fit into the mould perfectly, then, and BN Destrem say there is interest there.

According to their information, Brighton are ‘willing to meet’ the €2m asking price for the defender, with several ‘well established’ sources informing them of their interest.

NAC, for their part, have told them that such talk is ‘premature’ at this stage and that there is in fact interest from ‘several clubs’ in their young starlet.

One of those could be Monaco, who were interested in early June, although there is believe that has now died ‘a soft death’.

Either way, Brighton are interested and keen to add yet another young defender to their ranks.