It appear that Leo Østigard is edging ever closer to leaving Brighton & Hove Albion for good and heading to Napoli.

This comes directly from Sky Italia, who, relayed by Area Napoli, explain the Serie A side have upped their offer for the Norwegian.

The Brighton defender was sent on loan to Genoa for the second half of the recent campaign, where he impressed, and Napoli took note of his performances.

They have since been trying to work out a deal with the Seagulls for a permanent transfer, with the player’s contract at the Amex expires in 2023.

Their first offer seemingly wasn’t enough for Brighton to accept, but it’s now explained that ‘a raise has been made with Brighton for €5m + bonuses’.

Not only that, but ‘we are slowly approaching the conclusion of the negotiation’ and ‘there is a certain optimism’ the deal will get done.

That will see Brighton make a tidy profit on a player they initially bought from Molde for a reported £99k.