About a week ago, France Football claimed both Everton and Tottenham were after Lille midfielder Yves Bissouma, which dated to multiple claims in May, seemingly started by Sky Sports.

Either way, those two clubs are now out of the picture entirely, according to Foot Mercato, and have been replaced by another Premier League pair.

Debunking the story that Lille had an agreement with Porto for the player’s transfer, the French website report Brighton & Hove Albion and Fulham are the interested parties.

The Portuguese club are still in the picture, but if it came down to the 21-year-old, his preferred destination would be England as he ‘dreams’ of playing in the Premier League next season.

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Recently promoted from the Championship, the Cottagers have been touted to make a number of big moves this summer, as they try to bolster their squad for a tough season in the top-tier.

Managing to keep hold of Ryan Sessegnon, Fulham are also in the process of making Aleksandar Mitrovic’s loan from Newcastle permanent alongside being their hunt for a new centre-back.

With just Tom Cairney and Stefan Johansen in midfield, another man in the role certainly wouldn’t hurt.

As for Brighton, we can only assume Chris Hughton sees Bissouma as the ideal man to help with the rotation of  Davy Propper and Dale Stephens next season, who both started at least 35 Premier League games in 2017-18.

There’s no information about the price in Foot Mercato’s article, but the French website state negotiations between Lille and the two clubs are heading in the right direction.

This means Bissouma might end up having to choose between Brighton and Fulham if they both meet the Ligue 1 side’s demands.

May the best club win.