The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

BRIGHTON boss Chris Hughton ad­mit­ted this week’s cap­ture of James Wil­son is down to months of hard work.

Though Manch­ester United have been strug­gling for goals this sea­son, they have al­lowed the Eng­land U21 in­ter­na­tional to move to the south coast on loan for the re­main­der of the sea­son – much to the be­muse­ment of the Old Traf­ford faith­ful.

But Hughton is not com­plain­ing.

“We have been keen to add a striker and James has been our num­ber one tar­get for some time, so we are ab­so­lutely de­lighted,” he said.

“James is an ex­cit­ing young striker and we hope that this move will prove very good for all par­ties in­volved.

“He is very highly thought of at Old Traf­ford and he has been in and around the first­team pic­ture since Ryan Giggs gave him his de­but the sea­son be­fore last.

“There was a huge amount of com­pe­ti­tion from ri­val clubs to sign James on loan and it has been an­other great team ef­fort to se­cure his sig­na­ture.”

Hughton also swooped to sign 24-year-old mid­fielder Ra­jiv van La Parra from Wolves un­til Jan­uary 2.

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