Tim Krul signs permanent Brighton deal

Goalkeeper Tim Krul has turned his season-long loan from Newcastle to Brighton into a permanent deal.

The Holland international, who made his Albion debut in Tuesday's Carabao Cup defeat to Bournemouth, has signed a one-year contract with Chris Hughton's Premier League side.

The deal brings to an end Krul's 12-year association with Newcastle and means he is now eligible to face his former club when the two sides meet at the Amex Stadium on Sunday.

"Everyone at Newcastle United would like to thank Tim for his long service to the club and wish him and his family well for the future," read a statement on Newcastle's website.

The 29-year-old joined Newcastle from Dutch club ADO Den Haag in 2005.

He went on to make 184 appearances for the Magpies and also had loan spells with Falkirk, Carlisle, Ajax and AZ Alkmaar.

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Brighton boss Chris Hughton trying to get value for money in the transfer market

Brighton manager Chris Hughton admits he has been forced to look abroad for new talent because of the cost of English-based players.

Albion have recruited from across Europe this summer, bringing in eight foreign players with seven different nationalities as they attempt to build a squad capable of competing in the Premier League following promotion.

Hughton - who is expected to unleash Colombian record-signing Jose Izquierdo on Watford on Saturday - feels it has made more financial sense to look for reinforcements outside England.

"Predominately, it's the market - it's certainly not a case of specifically wanting to bring in foreign players over English-based players," the 58-year-old said.

"But the market is different and I think what you have to pay for an English player or a player that's playing in the English game, on probably more occasions than not, is more money.

"It's about balancing books and what you can get for your money."

Australian goalkeeper Mathew Ryan, Holland midfielder Davy Propper and winger Izquierdo are the most expensive new arrivals at the Amex Stadium during the past few months. They have joined alongside Austrian Markus Suttner, Czech Ales Mateju, German Pascal Gross, Norwegian Mathias Normann and Dutchman Soufyan Ahannach.

Chelsea loanee Izzy Brown remains the Seagulls' only domestic-based summer signing, although the chances of Ghana forward Raphael Dwamena joining from FC Zurich ended when he failed a medical.

Boss Hughton believes integrating players from different backgrounds into a team is one of the many difficulties of top-flight management and is confident his acquisitions possess the necessary ambition to succeed.

"It's just one of the challenges," Hughton said. "The biggest challenge is making sure that this team and this club are in the Premier League next season.

"What you are going to have with every single one of them is a massive desire to do well.

"What you'd like to think is you're not going to have a player here that's going to want to go through the motions.

"Each one of these players that come are desperate to do well, their first time in the Premier League. They'll want to make a good account of themselves."

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Brighton new boy Izquierdo granted work permit

Brighton's record signing Jose Izquierdo has been granted a work permit by the Football Association.

The Seagulls have confirmed they will now proceed to register the Colombian winger subject to international clearance.

Izquierdo last week agreed terms on a switch to the Premier League newcomers from Belgian side Club Brugge in a deal thought to be worth £13.5million.

It was the second time Brighton had broken their transfer record in a week following the capture of midfielder Davy Propper from PSV Eindhoven.

Boss Chris Hughton said at the time: "Jose is someone we have been aware of for sometime and has been one of the stand-out players in the Belgian league over the past three year.

"He's been an exciting player for Club Brugge and in the season he helped the club win the title in 2015-16 he was also Belgium's Player of the Year.

"Jose has good experience with almost 250 senior games in both Colombia and Belgium, and has played in the Europa League, Champions League and international football, having made his debut for his national team this summer."

Assuming he receives clearance in time, Izquierdo could be in the Brighton squad for the trip to Leicester on Saturday.

The Seagulls opened their maiden Premier League campaign with a 2-0 home defeat to title favourites Manchester City last weekend.

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Elvis has left the building

Brighton forward Elvis Manu has joined Turkish side Genclerbirligi SK on a free transfer, the Premier League club has confirmed.The 23-year-old Dutchman, who arrived at the Amex Stadium from Feyenoord in August 2015, has signed a two-year deal after struggling to force his way into contention on the south coast, making just 17 appearances.

Manager Chris Hughton told the club's official website, www.brightonandhovealbion.com: "The competition for places in our forward areas means that it has been very difficult for Elvis to play the number of matches he would have liked.

"He has worked hard during his time here, but with his game time likely to be limited again, this is the best move for him.

"It gives him the chance to play regular football in a competitive Turkish Super League, and I would like to wish him all the best for the future on behalf of everyone at the club."

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One Good One Bad - Ref Watch

Refereeing as we know is a very tough profession in today's modern game. It has often been claimed by many to be the impossible job. There are so many cameras in the ground now that every decision is highlighted and scrutinised by many pundit,s who sit in nice warm studios. These guys in my opinion are not really qualified to be passing comment on a trade they know very little about. If you look at Robbie Savage for example, let us be totally honest and say the only thing he knows about refereeing, is how to cause match officials lots of problems when he was on the field of play. Over the years I have had many discussions with players both past and present and not a lot of them know the rules of a game they play in every week. The main reason players take part in our beautiful game is to win and sometimes it is to win at all costs. When I took on this column for the website I decided it was not to slaughter officials, but I was keen to discuss issues in games where I felt they could have done things different. Over the past couple of week's I have watched plenty of games from around the world and for this article I would like to take a look at the performances of Lee Mason in the Arsenal against Stoke game and Paul Tierney who was in charge of a big clash in the Championship between Brighton and Leeds United.

Lee Mason in the big scheme of things did not really have a bad game in his handling of the Arsenal against Stoke game, but he did leave the field of play at the end of ninety minutes with a big talking point hanging over his head. His decision to award Stoke a penalty in the first half raised quite a few eyebrows and I have been asked by many of my friends as to why having awarded the penalty kick, he did not apply the full letter of the law. The incident I am looking at occurred in the twenty ninth minute of the game when Arsenal's Granit Xhaka caught Joe Allen of Stoke with an elbow in the face inside the penalty area. It was an excellent decision by the official to award the penalty but then to follow that up by not sending off the Arsenal player was ridiculous. In my opinion once Lee gave the penalty he should have sent off Xhaka for violent conduct. I have had numerous amount of former colleagues ask my opinion as to why the Arsenal player was not sent off and the only answer I can come up with is that the official bottled it. This is not something I say lightly as I would like to think that  there are referees not brave enough to give the big decisions. As I mentioned earlier, in my opinion the giving of the penalty was an excellent decision but all the good work was undone by not producing what I thought was a clear red card.

Arguably one of the biggest games of the month in the Championship was the clash between Brighton and Leeds United. You will not know this, but I am a big Leeds fan and never miss a game when they are on TV and over the years I have been to Elland Road on many occasions. I very rarely comment on officials who take charge of Leed United games, because as you know the heart can often rule the head, so I tend to just watch and enjoy the games involving my club. But I can not on this occasion let the official away without a mention. The man in question was Paul Tierney who in my opinion had one of the best games of the season so far. It was a game where Paul had two big penalty claims to call and got both correct. The first penalty in my opinion was a brilliant decision as he judged that Kalvin Phillips had handled a shot from Lewis Dunk that was going into the net. It was a great spot from the official as he could so easily have missed it from the angle he was looking at it. Top marks to Paul, and he did follow the letter of the law and sent off the Leeds player. The overall control by Paul during the whole ninety minutes was a joy to watch and I do not think he actually got anything wrong. His night was complete in the closing moments of the game when he awarded Brighton a second penalty for Leeds defender Bartley hanging onto Dunk in the penalty area. His awarding of both penalties were correct and it showed me how much the official was tuned in and on top of his game. As a Leeds fan I have no problem with the official on the night as I thought he had a great game. It is not very often you hear that from a fan who,s side have been beaten and had two penalties awarded against them.

Well there we have it, two all so different refereeing performances under the microscope and with so many different outcomes. If you sum it up, it has to be that Lee got it wrong and Paul got it perfectly correct. I will leave it there for this week but I am sure I will be back again soon as the refereeing performances stutter from bad to worse. Enjoy your football this week and let us hope we are not talking about a poor performance by an official involving a team which you may support. We have to live in hope. " Ciao "