The Football League Paper - - INSIDE - By Jamie Holt

WHILE Brighton waved good­bye to one Mid­dles­brough loa­nee this week they wel­comed an­other in Mustapha Carayol – and Seag­ulls boss Chris Hughton ad­mits it rep­re­sents a coup for the club.

The 26-year-old Gam­bian winger has only just re­turned from a year-long knee in­jury and, with clubs cir­cling, Hughton moved fast to snap him up un­til the end of the cam­paign.

Fel­low Boro man Em­manuel Ledesma has moved back to the River­side hav­ing failed to score in four games dur­ing his one-month stay at The Amex, but Hughton is con­fi­dent that Carayol will prove a hit.

“Mustapha was at­tract­ing a lot of in­ter­est from Cham­pi­onship clubs, both prior to his in­jury, and at this cur­rent point in time,” said Hughton.

“He is some­one both the club and I have been aware of for some time, so we are ab­so­lutely de­lighted he has opted to join us on loan.

“He is an ex­cit­ing, dy­namic player, he is quick and di­rect, and he gives us a dif­fer­ent op­tion along­side our other at­tack­ing play­ers.

“While he has played for Boro’s U21s, and has re­cov­ered from the in­jury, he is yet to fea­ture in the Cham­pi­onship, so it will be a case of rein­tro­duc­ing him to the rigours of first-team foot­ball.”

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