TRANSFER DEADLINE DAY: Brighton snap up Orlandi from Swansea

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SWANSEA City have completed the signing of Andrea Orlandi to Brighton on a free transfer.

The 28-year-old has agreed a two-year contract at the Amex Stadium and is available for Saturday’s npower Championship trip to Burnley.

The midfielder spent five years at the Liberty Stadium and now joins up with manager Gus Poyet and fellow Spaniard Vincente on the South Coast.

Orlanda said to the club’s official website: “There is a fantastic group of guys here and that’s why I’m sad to leave. I’ve been lucky to meet and work under some great players and managers and I’ve learnt a lot from them all.

“I’ll always be able to come back to Swansea with my head held high and a smile, which is important.”

“I see the story at Brighton very similar to that at Swansea. They have built a new stadium; got promoted from League One to the Championship; done really well there and are now trying to get into the Premier League.

“Hopefully I will come back here as a Brighton player in the Premier League. That would be a dream.’’

Poyet added: “Andrea provides us with versatility and creativity across the midfield. He can play as a typical winger, or more central in a number 10 role. He has played a lot of games in the Championship for Swansea, helping them win promotion, and he has played at the top level.”

Orlandi made 79 appearances from the club. He also scored the fastest Premier League goal of last season when he headed past former ‘keeper Dorus de Vries after just 24 seconds in the bizarre 4-4 home draw with Wolves.

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