The 19-year-old midfielder had emerged as a target for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s table toppers, after becoming the first player born in the 21st century to ever score in CONMEBOL World Cup Qualifying with a goal in Ecuador’s 4-2 win over Uruguay.
However, Sky Sports report that the Independiente Del Valle star is on the verge of joining Graham Potter’s side, who have agreed to a 20 per cent sell on clause for any future deal.
Moises Caicedo is set to fly into England today to complete a £4.5m move to Brighton
The 19-year-old had attracted interest from Premier League sides Man United and Chelsea
A work permit has already been arranged and the youngster will travel to England today, with elite sportsmen and women exempt from the travel ban currently imposed on South America.
Earlier this month, Sportsmail reported that Caicedo is expected to be immediately shipped out on loan, with Belgian outfit Union Saint-Gilloise set to snap up the 19-year-old on a temporary deal.
Despite his young age, Caicedo has already won four caps for Ecuador and featured heavily for his club in the Ecuadorian league as well as the Copa Libertadores.
However, Brighton have acted quickly to agree a deal for the highly-rated young midfielder
Caicedo is set to spend the rest of the season on loan at Belgian side Union Saint-Gilloise
Potter remained coy over the expected arrival when asked in the build up to the Seagulls’ FA Cup fourth round clash with Blackpool.
‘There’s always speculation, a bit of noise around things, but until anyone is a Brighton player, I can’t really elaborate on anything,’ he said.
Caicedo has made 31 appearances in professional football, scoring six goals and providing two assists as he prepares to make the crossover to the European game.