Newcastle United goalkeeper Steve Harper has moved to Brighton & Hove Albion on a one-month loan.

The 36-year-old is yet to make an appearance for The Magpies this season with Tim Krul currently occupying the No.1 jersey at St James' Park.

And Brighton have snapped up the Newcastle stopper on a short-term deal, to the delight of manager Gus Poyet.

"There were plenty of teams interested in Steve," Poyet said. "It wasn't easy.

"We are very pleased and lucky to have got him. I am not going to say the names of the teams but there were others."

 

"Steve was available and with the huge amount of Premiership and Championship experience he has, we felt he would add something to the squad.

"He will use that experience to help the defensive players and the goalkeepers, and help us get back to the defensive form we showed earlier in the season.

"Of course, our fans will know all about Steve and his qualities. He is a top player and will bring a great deal of experience to the defence."

Harper is Newcastle's currently longest serving player, having been with the club for 18 seasons and showed his class in the Championship during the club's promotion back to the Barclays Premier League in 2009.

With the likes of Andy Carroll, Kevin Nolan, Jose Enrique and Joey Barton having left Newcastle in the last 12 months, Harper is the latest fans favourite to leave the club.

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