Seagulls sign Danny Welbeck
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Brighton & Hove Albion boss Graham Potter believes Danny Welbeck will fit in well with the Seagulls’ current group of strikers.

The 29-year old was a free agent after having his contract mutually terminated by Watford at the beginning of the month and joins the Seagulls on a one-year deal.

Welbeck will wear the number 18 shirt for Albion and will be available for their Premier League game next Monday (26th) when they host West Bromwich Albion.

The signing of the former Manchester United and Arsenal forward was announced as the Seagulls prepared to face Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park yesterday (Sunday).

Attacking option

Head coach Potter said: “We are delighted to have Danny joining us. He will complement our existing striking options.

“He’s got an undoubted pedigree, and his quick and technically very good. He will add to our attacking threat and we are thrilled to add another player of his experience and quality.”

The Manchester-born 29-year old began his career at Old Trafford, and played close to 100 games for both United and Arsenal.

He also has 42 caps for England, and has scored 16 times for the Three Lions.

Good transfer window for Albion

Technical director Dan Ashworth added: “I think Danny’s arrival concludes what we fell has been a very good window for the club.

“A lot of planning, diligence and hard work went into the recruitment side, and I would like to thank all the club’s different departments for their efforts in achieving that.”

Welbeck made his Premier League debut back in November 2008 as a substitute against Stoke City for United, and marked the occasion in style with a superb strike from 30 yards in a 5-0 win for Sir Alex Ferguson’s side.

He joined Arsenal in September 2014 for £16 million, but injury plagued his time at the Emirates Stadium and after being released at the end of the 2018/19 season he joined Watford.

He featured 18 times for the Hornets last season, scoring twice.