1019 GMT July 24, 2021
Brighton & Hove Albion’s Iranian midfielder Alireza Jahanbakhsh is on the verge of joining Dutch club Feyenoord, according to Mehr News Agency.
A picture, released on social media, showed the Iranian in Rotterdam on Friday.
Dutch football reporter Dennis van Eersel tweeted later in the day that Jahanbakhsh has completed medicals at Feyenoord and “his arrival will be officially confirmed soon.”
Jahanbakhsh has been identified as a replacement for Dutch international Steven Berghuis, who joined Ajax on Friday.
A return to Eredivisie, where Jahanbakhsh was first introduced to European football, could see the Iranian find his form ahead of a possible participation at next year’s World Cup in Qatar.
Jahanbakhsh, 27, signed for Brighton for a then club record of £17 million in 2018.
He still has two years left on his contract but has become increasingly frustrated by lack of regular football in the Premier League club.
An injury-hit spell has seen the Iranian make only 21 starts in 50 Premier League appearances over the past three seasons.
The Iranian got on the score sheet twice for the Seagulls last season – during Carabao Cup victories over lower-tier clubs Portsmouth and Preston before Brighton was knock out by Manchester United in September.
A former player of Iranian club Damash Gilan, Jahanbakhsh joined NEC Nijmegen in 2013.
Jahanbakhsh scored 17 goals in 55 appearances during two seasons at NEC before sealing a move to another Eredivisie side AZ Alkmaar.
The Iranian stole the headlines in his third season at AZ, scoring 21 goals and making 12 assists to help the club to a third-spot finish in the league and a place in Europa League.
Having scored 34 goals in 85 outings for AZ, the 2017-18 Eredivisie top scorer moved on with the next step in his stellar career, joining Brighton.
His most memorable moment in the English football probably came in a 1-1 draw against Chelsea in January 2020, when he scored one of Premier League’s goals of the season with a bicycle kick in front of Brighton faithful.