Brighton & Hove Albion have completed the signing of midfielder Yves Bissouma from LOSC Lille, on undisclosed terms.
The 21-year-old has signed a five-year contract with Albion until June 2023, and becomes the club’s sixth first-team signing of the summer transfer window.
Manager Chris Hughton said, “We are delighted to have signed Yves, and are pleased to welcome him to the club.
“We have been keen to strengthen the squad in the central midfield positions, and this will add to our options in this area. I am very much looking forward to working with him.
“He is someone with good technical ability on the ball, and has good experience at a relatively young age, after playing regularly in a competitive French league for the past two seasons.”
Bissouma began his senior career with Malian side AS Real Bamako before joining Lille in 2016.
He made a total of 55 appearances and scored four goals in two seasons with the French club, and helped them to retain their Ligue 1 status last season.
The midfielder is also a Mali international, he made his senior debut in 2015 and scored a last-minute winner in the 2016 African Cup of Nations semi-final against Ivory Coast.