Brighton are hopeful of winning the race to sign Moisés Caicedo after holding talks with the Ecuador midfielder.
Manchester United have repeatedly been linked with Caicedo, who has also been targeted by West Ham, but Graham Potter’s side have emerged as strong contenders to buy the 19-year-old from Independiente del Valle. Brighton have retained a good relationship with Independiente after signing Billy Arce in 2018.
Caicedo has been capped four times by Ecuador and has attracted interest from several Premier League clubs. West Ham are on the hunt for depth in midfield and have also made a move for the youngster, but it is believed that the east Londoners are behind Brighton in the queue. Everton and Newcastle have also shown an interest.© Photograph: Rodrigo Buendía/AFP/Getty Images Moisés Caicedo celebrates after scoring for Ecuador against Uruguay during their World Cup qualifier in October.
It has previously been reported that Manchester United were on the verge of completing a deal to sign Caicedo this month. That is believed to be wide of the mark.