0741 GMT September 22, 2020
Brighton’s Iranian striker Alireza Jahanbakhsh is on the radar of Eredivisie champion Ajax Amsterdam, multiple sources in the Netherlands have suggested in recent weeks.
Should the Dutch giant and Premier League side reach an agreement over a transfer for the 26-year-old, the Iranian international could embark on a new chapter in his career.
The Dutch daily newspaper De Telegraaf reported that Jahanbakhsh himself is keen on a move back to the Dutch league.
A former player of Iranian club Damash Gilan, Jahanbakhsh was first introduced to the Dutch, and European, football in 2013 when he joined NEC Nijmegen.
Jahanbakhsh scored 17 goals in 55 appearances during two seasons at NEC before sealing a move to another Eredivisie side AZ Alkmaar in 2015.
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 the Premier League side Brighton & Hove Albion for a then club record of £17 million in July 2018.
The Iranian found his way right into the starting eleven for Brighton but failed to get off the mark in 19 appearances for the Seagulls.
Things did not quite go in Jahanbakhsh’s favor in his second season in the English top flight football as a couple of long-spell injuries saw him falling in the pecking order under new manger Graham Potter.
Jahanbakhsh, however, rose up to the occasion each time he was given a chance in the Brighton shirt, most notably during a Premier League 1-1 draw with Chelsea on January 1, when he scored one of Premier League’s goals of the season with a bicycle kick in front of Brighton faithfuls.
A move to Ajax, and a chance to play in Champions League, would best fit Jahanbakhsh and his ignored qualities.