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Transfer Window Round Up - January 2010

Gus Poyet's first transfer window as Brighton and Hove Albion manager has perhaps been a little quieter than people expected with just four new players arriving and three heading out the exit door.

There are very few surprises in those leaving, three players who have never really done anything of note in their Withdean careers all being allowed to seek employment as well after being released.

The new manager has obviously identified a weakness in the clubs full backs which must spell bad news for Andy Whing and Jim McNulty with two new arrivals there as well as splashing the cash on a Conference striker. And then there is Seb Carole. Again.

Here's what the full review of the Albion's January transfer business:

Graeme Smith - Hibernian
Summer signing who was far more adapt at conceding goals than keeping them out, he let in four on three separate occasions during just six months at the club. Gus quickly realised he had a potential clown on his hands, signing Sexy Pete Brezovan and releasing Smith to return to Scotland with Hibs.
Kevin McLeod - Wycombe Wanderers
Looked like a good signing on paper until he turned up about 5 stone overweight. Gus even gave him a second chance recently before deciding to cut his loses, releasing the wideman to join fellow League One strugglers Wycombe Wanderers.
David Livermore - Barnet
Another who arrived with good pedigree but was frighteningly underused by Micky Adams and never really recovered. One of the star players in that League Cup win against Manchester City was about as good as it got. Released on a free to join Barnet.
Inigo Calderon - Deportivo Alaves
Full back has clearly been one of the positions that Gus has decided needs strengthening urgently with Jesus Christ look-a-like Inigo Calderon arriving at right back. He becomes the first Spaniard to play for the club, arriving on a free from Deportivo Alaves and already looks to be ridiculously flair.
Marcos Painter -  Swansea City
Not quite as flair but just as important on the left is Marcos Painter who comes in on-loan from Swansea City. He was a regular in the side that won the League One title in 2007-2008 as a Mr Dependable full back. Here until the end of the season, when his Swans contract expires.
Chris Holroyd - Cambridge United
The striker from Conference Cambridge becomes the first money signing of the Poyet era, arriving from the Abbey Stadium for 75,000. He hit 28 goals in 61 games for the U's with Gus raving about his potential after drawn out negotiations to seal the deal.
Sebastien Carole - Tranmere Rovers
It's like de ja vu times two as for the third time in his career, Seb Carole signs for Brighton and Hove Albion. Released last summer by Russell Slade, he has spent this season so far at Tranmere but now moves back to Withdean to link up with Poyet who was his assistant manager at Leeds.




  • Wages freed up by the release of Graeme Smith, David Livermore and Kevin McLeod.
  • The defence already looks a much tighter unit with the addition of two new full backs.

  • Tony Bloom is still willing to splash the cash despite some of the summers disasters.
  • Could we really not do any better than bringing back Carole for a third time?
  • We need a goal getter and Holroyd's record isn't exactly promising.