Manchester United's James Wilson joins Brighton on loan

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Manchester United have confirmed they've sent striker James Wilson on loan to Brighton and Hove Albion for the remainder of the season.

The 19-year-old has turned out twice for the Red Devils this season, against Middlesbrough in the Capital One Cup and as a substitute against Arsenal last month.

Wilson, who signed a four-year contract at Old Trafford in September, made 13 Premier League appearances last season, scoring once, but will now hone his craft in the Championship on the south coast. 

"We have been keen to add a striker, and James has been our number one target for some time, so we are absolutely delighted to have completed the deal," said Brighton boss Chris Hughton.

"He is an exciting young striker, and we hope that this move will prove to be very good for all parties involved. There was a huge amount of competition from rival clubs to sign James on loan and it has been another great team effort to secure his signature. I now hope he will help us maintain our excellent start to the season, and bring additional goals to the squad."

Although Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal previously described Wilson as 'one of the brightest young prospects in English football' after he penned his new contract, the arrival of Anthony Martial from Monaco has limited his first-team chances. 

The Dutchman's lack of faith in him is said to have left the talented youngster disappointed, especially given Manchester United's lack of alternatives outside of Martial and Wayne Rooney, who has struggled for form.

Wilson has also struggled with injuries during his time at Old Trafford so far, and will be hoping that regular action will help his cause upon his return to Manchester for the start of the 2015/16 season.

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