Gus Poyet upbeat at Brighton & Hove Albion transfer business

Gus Poyet

Brighton manager Gus Poyet says the sale of Craig Noone has boosted his options in the transfer market.

Winger Noone, 24, has joined Cardiff for an undisclosed fee, believed to be seven figures.

Poyet told BBC Sussex: "I had a budget and a quantity of money to spend, then that amount increased a lot.

"That doesn't mean we will look for an exact replacement. We will look for a player that can help us get better, maybe with different characteristics."

Poyet has been seeking a new striker all summer and is expecting a busy time before the transfer window closes on Friday night.

"We are in the market. Heavily," he added.

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Brighton in market heavily - Poyet

"It's been absolutely crazy this week. I've never seen something like this.

"The last few transfer windows, we've been practically done with a few days to go.

"This one has been non-stop."

The Uruguayan also paid tribute to Noone, who joined from Plymouth in January 2011 and went on to score four goals in 64 appearances for the Seagulls.

"It's a similar situation to ones we had in the past with Elliott Bennett [joining Norwich last summer] and Andrew Crofts," Poyet said.

"There comes a time when the team that is trying to buy the player gets to the value [you have] and the player is willing to go because of what he has got ahead of him and what he will get paid.

"You're losing a player who is very special on the pitch but also very popular and a great boy to have around.

"They are decisions you have to make as a football club. They are not easy but in any business you value the player to a point.

"We will miss him a lot and wish him well."