Toon stopper set for January extension

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Brighton manager Gus Poyet is hoping he can secure the services of Newcastle goalkeeper Steve Harper until January, reports

The 36-year-old stopper moved to the Amex Stadium on an initial one-month loan deal in October, and has made four-appearances for the Seagulls, but Poyet is hopeful of extending the deal until January.

Magpies boss Alan Pardew has handed the No.1 jersey to Dutchman Tim Krul, and has allowed the likes of Harper, and fellow goalkeeper Fraser Forster to agree loan spells away from St James' Park.

At present, Harper will be expected to return to Newcastle after Brighton's next Championship outing against Southampton, but Poyet is hoping an agreement can be reached that will allow the veteran shot-stopper to stay.

"The idea in the beginning was it would be up to January," Poyet told The Argus. "For some reason, in the last few hours of negotiations, it changed to only a month.

"I don't like a month because players get used to how you play then go back, so I was as surprised as anyone. I was convinced it was for almost three months. It's very difficult to explain the reasons but it happened.

"I know it is difficult when somebody is on a short loan and they are a long way from home, so there are things we need to manage. We want the players to be happy here."

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