Brighton & Hove Albion are now close to signing Paraguayan striker Julio Enciso, according to reports from South America.

Last week, we had already seen Libertad president Ruben Di Tore admitting that they had been analysing an offer from the Seagulls for the 18-year-old.

The chase has now had a few developments in the past couple of days. It was first journalist Cesar Luis Merlo who, on Sunday, claimed Brighton were still ‘insisting’ on the move.

He said that despite having turned down other bids from the Seagulls, Libertad were now evaluating a new offer.

And it turns out that in a most optimistic report from Christian Perez, it’s claimed that Enciso is now ‘nothing away’ become a Brighton player, hinting that it’s getting very close.

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It’s said that today, the player’s agent Pedro Aldave is arriving in Paraguay with an ‘offer in writing’ to be delivered to Libertad. That bid is said to be of over US$10m (£7.5m), which would be a record transfer in the country.

Enciso turned 18 at the weekend, which means he’s now allowed to move to Europe, and that could be the reason why the Seagulls chose to become serious for him now.

Despite his young age, the striker has 10 goals and five assists for his club, and has already made a couple of appearances for Paraguay’s national team.