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Tottenham has strengthened its midfield options ahead of the team’s return to the Champions League by signing Mali international Yves Bissouma from fellow English Premier League club Brighton. Image Credit: AP

Tottenham Hotspur completed the signing of midfielder Yves Bissouma from Brighton & Hove Albion on a four-year contract, the Premier League clubs announced.

British media reported that Spurs paid around 25 million pounds ($30.48 million) for the Mali international, who had a year remaining on his contract.

“We are delighted to announce the transfer of Yves Bissouma from Brighton and Hove Albion. (He) has agreed a deal that will run until 2026,” Spurs said in a statement.

The 25-year-old was a key figure for Brighton last season, making 26 league appearances as Graham Potter’s side finished ninth - their best showing in the English top flight.

123 games

Bissouma, who moved to England from French club Lille, played 123 games in all for Brighton during a four-year spell.

Spurs boss Antonio Conte has a number of options at his disposal in central midfield and Bissouma will have to compete with the likes of Oliver Skipp, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Rodrigo Bentancur for a place in the starting line-up.

Bissouma becomes the London side’s third summer signing following the arrivals of winger Ivan Perisic and goalkeeper Fraser Forster.