'A terrific athlete who is cool in possession' - Top pundit's description of Brighton target that will excite fans

South American football expert Tim Vickery was speaking to Sky Sports News.

Moises Caicedo has received high praise from one of the world's most prominent South American football experts – who admits Manchester United’s loss will be Brighton & Hove Albion’s gain.

The Seagulls are closing on the £4.5m signing of Caicedo from Independiente del Valle.

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The 19-year-old is likely to be loaned out to Belgian side Union Saint-Gilloise.

Indeed, a number of Premier League clubs had expressed interest in the midfielder with Caicedo heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford.

Manchester United, however, have opted not to make an offer.

“This time last week, I was telling you it was going to be Manchester United based on what the sources in Ecuador were saying,” Vickery – who appears weekly on the BBC's World Football Phone-In – said.

"I will now defer to my default position of only making predictions after the event! If it is Brighton, then United’s loss is Brighton’s gain.”

“Caicedo is a terrific player. Independiente del Valle are a small club that continue to exist based on developing players in order to sell them. They do it unbelievably well, bringing in top-class Spanish youth coaches to develop their players. Caicedo made stepping into the first team at his club and with his national team look like a breeze in 2020.”

“He’s a box-to-box midfielder, a terrific athlete who is cool in possession. He’s not a wizard, not a glamorous player but he’s got so much to offer.”