Lille and Malian international central midfielder Yves Bissouma has signed a five year contract with Brighton and Hove Albion.

The Premier League club has acquired the Malian international Yves Bissouma from Ligue 1 side Lille. He is now tied with Brighton until June 2023.

Sky Sports News understands that the Bissouma’s deal was less than the club’s record acquisition for striker Jurgen Locadia last summer.

The 21-year-old Malian International is the Seagull’s sixth summer buy. The young central midfielder has made 47 appearances when he was with the French giants and has scored four goals for the Ligue 1 club since joining in 2016.

He has also part of the Mali national team and played in the 2016 African Cup of Nations, where he came in as a substitute in the semi-final match against Ivory Coast. The central midfield eventually netted the ball to seal Mali’s place in the finals.

Lille’s Chris Hughton said that the club is very pleased with the acquisition of Bissouma. The Albion’s boss added that the Malian could further strengthen the squad in the central midfield position. He also said that he is looking forward to be working with him.

Bissouma’s signing came after Brighton landed David Button a day earlier.