Brighton have agreed a deal for highly-rated Latvia international Vitalijs Maksimenko
Sky Sports understands Brighton have agreed a deal for highly-rated Latvia international Vitalijs Maksimenko.
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Last Updated: 04/01/13 12:14pm
The 22-year-old can play anywhere down the left and has been tracked by a number of Premier League and Championship clubs in recent months.
Gus Poyet has sealed a deal for the player after he impressed during a training spell with the Seagulls late last year.
Brighton have agreed terms with Skonto Riga and hope to finalise the deal within the next 48 hours.
Maksimenko is believed to have already arrived in England, where he will undergo a medical before completing his move to the Amex Stadium.
Meanwhile, Brighton could also add Argentine Leonardo Ulloa from Almeria.
The 26-year-old is waiting on a Spanish passport, but a deal is in the offing - their sporting director Alberto Venito has confirmed.
"The situation at the moment is that to play in England Leonardo needs a Spanish passport. When he receives the passport Brighton is a possibility for him," Venito told the Argus.
"At this moment we are doing the permit and we think in a few days he will have the passport.
"I cannot talk about the price. We have received a lot of offers for him after he scored around 30 goals last season but we wanted him to stay here to get us up to the First Division.
"He wants to join another team and Brighton are very interested in him. Ulloa is very happy with the situation with Brighton but without the passport it's impossible."