Premier League clubs have been told there is a wealth of untapped talent in Paraguay.

Albion are expected to confirm the signing of Libertad teen Julio Enciso for, as reported in his homeland, about £10 million on a deal of up to five years.

Enciso said this evening: "I'm here to fulfil my dream, to be able to become a great player and give a lot of happiness to Paraguay." 

Libertad vice-president Jorge De Los Rios said there is more where he came from.

De Los Rios, who is in Brighton with Enciso and the player’s representative, said: “I know boys from smaller and bigger clubs in Paraguay.

“I have no doubt we have a generation who have the potential to play in the world’s best leagues.

“We need to progress at administrative level in some aspects.”

He added: “The excitement is very great, the happiness we have as a club.

"We evaluated the real interest there was in Julio from important clubs.

“We are convinced Brighton is the best place for him to develop.

“They are well-organised, we consider them as friends.

“The negotiations were very agreeable because we share the same principles and values.”

De Los Rios said Enciso has developed since his planned move in January fell through.

He told GEN television in Paraguay: “We are convinced Julio is a lot more mature.

“He has led the team in a football sense in these six months.

“He has grown in terms of football and as a person.”