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Poyet wants a loan striker who will stay to May
ALBION want loaning clubs to give up recall rights as they search for a replacement for sidelined top scorer Craig Mackail-Smith.
Manager Gus Poyet’s preference is for a striker from the Premier League who cannot be called back and will be available to the Seagulls until the end of May for the Championship play-offs.
Most clubs insist on a recall clause for players loaned out for more than 28 days.
Poyet told The Argus: “I want a player until the last day of May, so if we are good enough to finish in the play-offs I want the player here. I don’t want any recalls.
“If he’s coming he’s coming and staying here until the end of the season. Then if we don’t make the play-offs no problem, we are going to have to pay three extra weeks.
“That’s the risk we take, not four weeks and then recall and you don’t have the player for the last four or five games of the season or the play-offs.
“So it’s another extra thing we need to put in there, which is not easy. If it’s a Premiership team they cannot sign anyone, so if they have a couple of injuries they are going to need the player back.”
Poyet ideally also wants a like-for-like replacement for Mackail-Smith, who ruptured an Achilles in Tuesday’s 0-0 draw at Bristol City, but admits he may end up with a different type of striker before the March 28 loan deadline.
He said: “There are options. Every single one is different, a different type of player and situation. Players that are not playing because somebody is better, players coming back from injury, players that are a bit too expensive.
“We lost Macca so the idea was let’s see first if we can get a player who can give us that in-behind option when it’s needed. Then, if not, you are going to need something depending on how we are playing or depending on the teams we are going to play against, maybe some power. The players that are available are so different, so it’s not easy.”