The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Joshua Richards

BRIGHTON boss Chris Hughton be­lieves his first per­ma­nent sign­ing Beram Kayal has hit the ground run­ning.

Hughton bought the Is­raeli cen­tral mid­fielder from Celtic in the Jan­uary trans­fer win­dow.

And af­ter mak­ing a goalscor­ing de­but as a late sub­sti­tute in the Seag­ulls’ home de­feat to Not­ting­ham For­est last month the £325,000 sign­ing has proved an in­stant hit.

“It wouldn’t be right for me to put re­cent re­sults down to one per­son but he’s had a good in­flu­ence and he’s a player that is show­ing at this mo­ment the rea­sons why we brought him in,” Hughton said.

Kayal was thought to be on the radar of sev­eral Cham­pi­onship clubs, in­clud­ing for­mer Celtic manager Neil Len­non’s cur­rent em­ploy­ers Bolton Wan­der­ers.

But Hughton be­lieves the 26-year-old was al­ways keen on a move to the south coast.

He said:“I’m quite sure there cer­tainly would have been in­ter­est and credit to Beram. Once he was aware that we were in­ter­ested he was very keen to come.

“It’s cer­tainly an ad­van­tage for him to stay on ‘home’ soil as such, hav­ing played in Scot­land for years.”

IN FORM: Beram Kayal

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