Brighton sign German midfielder Gross from Ingolstadt

Football Soccer - FC Ingolstadt 04 v SV Darmstadt 98 - Bundesliga - Audi Sportpark, Germnay - 9/4/17 Ingolstadt's Pascal Gross celebrates scoring their first goal Reuters / Michaela Rehle Livepic

(Reuters) - Brighton and Hove Albion have agreed to sign Pascal Gross from German side FC Ingolstadt 04, the newly promoted Premier League club said on Friday.

The 25-year-old midfielder, who has made close to 200 appearances in the top two tiers of German Bundesliga, has signed a four-year contract.

"We are delighted that Pascal has opted to sign for us, amid interest from a number of clubs from the Premier League and across Europe," Brighton manager Chris Hughton said.

"He offers something different to our existing midfielders, as an attacking midfielder in a more advanced position, operating behind the forward line."

Brighton will return to the top-flight after a 34-year absence next season.

(Reporting by Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru, editing by Ed Osmond)