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Brighton sign Matt Sparrow from Scunthorpe

Matt Sparrow
Sparrow scored 41 games in 396 appearances during 11 years at Scunthorpe

Brighton have completed a triple swoope with the signing of Scunthorpe's Matt Sparrow and two Argentine midfielders.

Central midfielder Agustin Battipiedi, 20, and left-sided midfielder Cristian Baz, 23, have joined from Argentine third division side Comunicaciones.

They were scouted by Seagulls boss Gus Poyet in South America and have been given one-year deals.

Midfielder Sparrow, 28, a former Scunthorpe trainee, has agreed a three-year contract with Brighton.

On the signings from Argentina, Poyet told BBC Sussex: "We've been looking for players since we got safe from relegation last year.

"We had the chance to go to Argentina to see them play live. We had a few options to be fair.

"For a moment we were thinking of bringing plenty of them but you need to pick the right ones..

"I'm sure Batti will adapt because he's a very clever player. Baz can play wide left or right or as a second striker and has plenty of qualities."

Sparrow, who scored twice for Scunthorpe, in the 2009 League One play-off final, will help fill the void created by Andrew Crofts' move to Norwich.

Poyet said: "Matty was one of the options as soon as we lost Andrew Crofts. It was a difficult negotiation so we're delighted to have him here.

"He's a box-to-box player, has played in the Championship and is perfect for the way we want to play."

Meanwhile former Charlton midfielder Radostin Kishishev is training with Albion with a view to earning a permanent deal.



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Scunthorpe want Sparrow decision
15 Jun 10 |  Scunthorpe
Sparrow is given testimonial game
28 Apr 09 |  Scunthorpe
Iron reward Sparrow with new deal
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