Back in mid-December, a rumour appeared in Tunisia claiming that Youssef Msakni was ‘very close’ to signing with Brighton.

The Al Duhail forward was said to have travelled to England to undergo some medical tests after coming back from a severe knee injury, and it was believed his time in the country could lead to a Premier League side, with Watford and Cardiff also mentioned, snapping him up.

However, after a few days of stories being published here and there, the rumour went quiet.

There’s a reason for that, according to Kapitalis, and that is it would be ‘impossible’ for Msakni to sign for a club in the Premier League, even a ‘lower tier one like Brighton’, so soon after his recovery.

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Widely regarded as one of the toughest leagues in the world, England’s top tier would basically be too risky for the winger to play in.

Furthermore, the Seagulls would most likely offer him a ‘long-term’ contract, which Msakni wouldn’t ‘accept’ to sign ’because he isn’t 20 anymore’.

Kapitalis claim this all comes from a ‘reliable source’.

Either way, it seems a move to Brighton, or any other club in the Premier League, won’t be happening in January.