Brighton & Hove Albion have set their sights on signing Leandro Trossard.
HLN reported on Friday that Genk rejected the Seagulls’ first offer for the 24-year-old.
Saturday’s edition of Het Nieuwsblad also claims Graham Potter’s new side are interested in the winger and their initial offer was turned down by the Jupiler Pro League side.
Brighton have former Club Brugge player José Izquierdo on the left wing, which is also Trossard’s preferred position.
The Colombian struggled with a knee injury in the first half of last season and was forced to go under the knife.
Since returning to action last December, he picked up another injury and the report claims it is inevitable Izquierdo may have to undergo another surgery.
It could force the force the South American to be out of action until November, which is why it would make sense for Albion to sign Trossard.
Het Nieuwsblad explains the player is ‘certainly open to’ a summer move to the club.
Genk are demanding €20m for the attacker and it remains to be seen if Brighton are willing to go that far to sign the player.
Another Belgian newspaper, Het Belang van Limburg, also relays that Genk need €20m for Trossard and they further go on to suggest Brighton made a ‘substantial second bid’ for him on Friday.
It is to be noted the report does not give out any details about the latest offer tabled by the English club for the wideman.
HBVL claims Brighton ‘clearly want to push through’ for Trossard, who scored 22 goals and registered 11 assists in all competitions last season.