Clubs are queueing up in Argentina to borrow Albion prospect Alexis Mac Allister.

Argentinos Juniors are keen to keep hold of the attacking midfielder for another six months after he was loaned straight back to them in January, when Albion bought him for around £8 million.

Juniors face competition from Boca Juniors, Independiente, San Lorenzo, Estudiantes and Racing.

Mac Allister will remain on loan abroad while the Seagulls go through the process of securing an EU passport for the 20-year-old.

He is likely to continue his development in Europe, probably in Spain, before eventually joining up with Albion.

Mac Allister's father and former player Carlos, speaking to the Argentinian media, said: "He still doesn’t have a community passport and we think that the process, which we haven't started yet, may take a year.

"He can continue in Argentina or anywhere in the world, but here he's wanted by Independiente, Boca, Estudiantes and San Lorenzo.

"We gave the word to Argentinos Juniors that if Brighton wanted to loan him for only six months he would stay because it's his home, and for six months it doesn't seem good for him to leave."

Mac Allister is pleased to be attracting widespread interest after five goals in 19 outings for Juniors.

He said: "Several clubs have been in touch. We are evaluating the options and we have to talk to Brighton to see what they think and what the possibilities are.

"If they give me a year, we'll start having talks with the clubs to see which is the best option.

"I am very calm, waiting for more options, but it's very nice that so many teams pay attention to me."