BRID­CUTT ON THE BRIGHTON BRINK

An­drews in as Pre­mier clubs cir­cle

The Football League Paper - - TFLP - By Luke Mur­ray

BRIGHTON com­pleted the sign­ing of Bolton’s Keith An­drews yes­ter­day – and that’s the big­gest sign yet that star mid­fielder Liam Brid­cutt could be head­ing out of the Amex.

Hold­ing mid­fielder An­drews has joined on­loan for a year and came on as a sec­ond-half sub­sti­tute as the Seag­ulls lost their third game on the spin, 2-1 to Derby, un­der new boss Os­car Gar­cia.

Repub­lic of Ire­land in­ter­na­tional An­drews, for­merly at Black­burn Rovers, would be a ready-made re­place­ment for Brid­cutt, one of the Cham­pi­onship’s stand­out play­ers in re­cent sea­sons.

Brid­cutt has been linked with New­cas­tle, Nor­wich, Hull, Cardiff and Al­bion’s arch-ri­vals Crys­tal Palace through­out the sum­mer.

The for­mer Chelsea young­ster missed the Derby game yes­ter­day with a groin in­jury and Gar­cia con­firmed he would be with­drawn from Scot­land’s squad for the friendly with Eng­land at Wem­b­ley on Wed­nes­day.

Gar­cia, al­ready feel­ing the heat af­ter de­feats to Leeds, New­port and now the Rams, said: “He’s in­jured and I don’t know how long for.

“He can­not go for the Scot­land game. I want him avail­able for next Satur­day so we will have to mon­i­tor him ev­ery day un­til then.

“I’m pleased to wel­come Keith to the club. He is a player with ex­pe­ri­ence at the top level of the English game and in­ter­na­tional football – in­clud­ing World Cups and Euro­pean Cham­pi­onships.

Dy­namic

“Keith is a player who I know will en­joy the way we like to play. He is a dy­namic and en­er­getic player and brings dif­fer­ent qual­i­ties which will com­ple­ment our ex­ist­ing mid­field­ers, and he will bring added com­pe­ti­tion to our mid­field.”

Brid­cutt, who was on trial with Palace be­fore sign­ing for Brighton in 2010, has two years to run on his con­tract and would cost a sig­nif­i­cant fee but that is un­likely to put off his suit­ors with the Pre­mier League start now less than a week away.

Palace boss Ian Hol­loway, who guided the Ea­gles past Brighton in the play-offs – ad­mit­ted last night he’s been burn­ing the midnight oil in a bid to shape his squad.

“I’m still look­ing to add four or five more – it’s what we need and we just have to get on with it,” said Hol­loway.

“I couldn’t work any harder. I’ve been up till midnight ev­ery night work­ing on the deals.”

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WANTED: Liam Brid­cutt is a hot prop­erty Iss 166: Aug 11, 2013 Pub­lished by The League Pa­per Ltd

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