Transfer news

Brighton snap up Jara from Baggies

October 21, 2011
By ESPnsoccernet staff

Brighton have signed West Brom defender Gonzalo Jara on loan until January.

Gonzalo Jara West Brom
PA PhotosGonzalo Jara has played just six minutes in the Premier League for West Brom this season

Jara, 26, has fallen out of favour at the Hawthorns after being a regular for the Baggies last season, making just one appearance as a substitue against Manchester United on the opening day.

The Chile international has swapped the Midlands for the south coast in a bid to play regular first-team football with the Championship side.

Brighton boss Gus Poyet swooped for Jara as cover for Adam El-Abd and Tommy Elphick, who are both out with long-term foot and Achilles injuries respectively.

"Gonzalo has a great pedigree having played for Chile's top team, before helping West Brom to promotion to the Premiership," Poyet told the club's official website.

"He also has Premiership experience having been a first choice last season, and he will bring quality and add experience of this level and higher, and help us recapture our early season form.

"He also brings versatility: he can play anywhere across the back four or as a defensive midfielder."