Ulloa completes Albion move

The Argus: Leonardo Ulloa  has agreed terms with Albion Leonardo Ulloa has agreed terms with Albion

Albion have signed Argentinian striker Leonardo Ulloa on a four-and-a-half-year deal.

The 26-year-old completed his move from Almeria this evening and will be available to play at Birmingham City on Saturday if he receives international clearance in time.

His arrival completes a long search by Albion boss Gus Poyet for a goalgetting centre forward with physical presence.

The fee has not been disclosed but is believed to be about £2 million.

Alloa was under contract at Almeria until the summer of 2015 having agreed improved terms last summer.

Poyet said: “Leo is that striker we have been looking to add for some time. He will complement our existing strikers, enjoy playing with our wingers and creative players.

"He’s a typical No.9 box player. He’s good in the air, he will hold the ball up and he has good movement around the box when the ball is wide.

"He will suit the way we play, fit in well to our style and identity and I am sure he will make us a stronger team.”

Ulloa said his farewells at Almeria yesterday morning.

He scored 28 goals for the second-tier club last season but they were unable to get back into the top flight.

The former San Lorenzo star was not a first team regular this term but remains highly rated in Spanish football, where he has seven top-tier goals to his name.

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7:08pm Wed 16 Jan 13

golddene says...

FANTASTICO, SEAGULLS.ps sorry to shout!
FANTASTICO, SEAGULLS.ps sorry to shout! golddene

7:09pm Wed 16 Jan 13

DESLYNHAMSMOUSTACHE says...

"He will complement our existing strikers." Does that mean 2 up front and 4-4-2 ?
"He will complement our existing strikers." Does that mean 2 up front and 4-4-2 ? DESLYNHAMSMOUSTACHE

7:09pm Wed 16 Jan 13

seagullsays says...

Excellent news. Hope he fits in quickly with the style of play and lifestyle. Come off the bench and score saturday, again on Tuesday, start in the cup the following saturday, hatrick. Hero, job done!
Excellent news. Hope he fits in quickly with the style of play and lifestyle. Come off the bench and score saturday, again on Tuesday, start in the cup the following saturday, hatrick. Hero, job done! seagullsays

7:10pm Wed 16 Jan 13

SMF20 says...

Fantastic news and 4.5 year contract too. GP must be ultra positive about the effect this guy is going to have on our game.
Good to be an Albion fan these days, I very much look forward to seeing our newest addition play.
Uta
Fantastic news and 4.5 year contract too. GP must be ultra positive about the effect this guy is going to have on our game. Good to be an Albion fan these days, I very much look forward to seeing our newest addition play. Uta SMF20

7:14pm Wed 16 Jan 13

Blackheath, Brighton Fan says...

What a great signing. I had no idea we were even looking at ulloa, Its not like we've had a new story about him everyday :)
What a great signing. I had no idea we were even looking at ulloa, Its not like we've had a new story about him everyday :) Blackheath, Brighton Fan

7:14pm Wed 16 Jan 13

albionwarrior says...

Bit late with this was posted on offical site over an hour ago keep up Argus.
Bit late with this was posted on offical site over an hour ago keep up Argus. albionwarrior

7:16pm Wed 16 Jan 13

Burgess Hill Gull says...

Excellent news, exciting times ahead.
Excellent news, exciting times ahead. Burgess Hill Gull

7:16pm Wed 16 Jan 13

Hovite says...

Gooooaaaaaaaaal

It's satisfying to know that the team is set up in a style, which should make it easy for him to fit in.

We are ready for him and he is ready for us. Good job Gus.
Gooooaaaaaaaaal It's satisfying to know that the team is set up in a style, which should make it easy for him to fit in. We are ready for him and he is ready for us. Good job Gus. Hovite

7:17pm Wed 16 Jan 13

namgo49 says...

I cannot imagine he will be match fit. Subs bench at best for Saturday (if the game is played which I would doubt given the dire weather warning for that neck of the woods!!)
I cannot imagine he will be match fit. Subs bench at best for Saturday (if the game is played which I would doubt given the dire weather warning for that neck of the woods!!) namgo49

7:21pm Wed 16 Jan 13

mickagull says...

Magnifico, A Scottish and Argentinian strike force. lets hope communication doesn't let us down. Hock-eye- the-new.
Magnifico, A Scottish and Argentinian strike force. lets hope communication doesn't let us down. Hock-eye- the-new. mickagull

7:21pm Wed 16 Jan 13

mickagull says...

Magnifico, A Scottish and Argentinian strike force. lets hope communication doesn't let us down. Hock-eye- the-new.
Magnifico, A Scottish and Argentinian strike force. lets hope communication doesn't let us down. Hock-eye- the-new. mickagull

7:21pm Wed 16 Jan 13

mickagull says...

Magnifico, A Scottish and Argentinian strike force. lets hope communication doesn't let us down. Hock-eye- the-new.
Magnifico, A Scottish and Argentinian strike force. lets hope communication doesn't let us down. Hock-eye- the-new. mickagull

7:23pm Wed 16 Jan 13

pablobrowno says...

Just a bit weird he wasn't playing this season if he's that good!! Maybe it was personal stuff. They knew he was going etc.

Anyway look forward to seeing the lad. Four and a half years blimey quite a contract for him!!
Just a bit weird he wasn't playing this season if he's that good!! Maybe it was personal stuff. They knew he was going etc. Anyway look forward to seeing the lad. Four and a half years blimey quite a contract for him!! pablobrowno

7:24pm Wed 16 Jan 13

Carter_Cooldancer says...

BRILLIANT!
BRILLIANT! Carter_Cooldancer

7:25pm Wed 16 Jan 13

VegasSeagull says...

If not unexpected this is very good news.
For the first time, for a long time we really have some competition for the strikers role on the team sheet, or do we?

The role he is going to play is missing from our squad, hence we bought him. I would like to see Gus bring in another just Like Leonardo, competition and cover if needed. The lad is a one off in our squad and as such he can't be replaced.
If Leonardo is the final piece to the puzzle needed for a promotion run we had better hope he does not get injured.

Well done to Gus and the board, now go find another one, you have two weeks left in the window.
If not unexpected this is very good news. For the first time, for a long time we really have some competition for the strikers role on the team sheet, or do we? The role he is going to play is missing from our squad, hence we bought him. I would like to see Gus bring in another just Like Leonardo, competition and cover if needed. The lad is a one off in our squad and as such he can't be replaced. If Leonardo is the final piece to the puzzle needed for a promotion run we had better hope he does not get injured. Well done to Gus and the board, now go find another one, you have two weeks left in the window. VegasSeagull

7:31pm Wed 16 Jan 13

VegasSeagull says...

DESLYNHAMSMOUSTACHE wrote:
"He will complement our existing strikers." Does that mean 2 up front and 4-4-2 ?
4-4-2 nope, 4-4-1-1 certainly.
[quote][p][bold]DESLYNHAMSMOUSTACHE[/bold] wrote: "He will complement our existing strikers." Does that mean 2 up front and 4-4-2 ?[/p][/quote]4-4-2 nope, 4-4-1-1 certainly. VegasSeagull

7:34pm Wed 16 Jan 13

tonytowner1 says...

DESLYNHAMSMOUSTACHE wrote:
"He will complement our existing strikers." Does that mean 2 up front and 4-4-2 ?
I think this is a misquote - it should have been spelt "compliment" - I'd not read too much in to it - I think it just means he'll say nice things to Craig, Ashley and Will to make them feel good! :-)
[quote][p][bold]DESLYNHAMSMOUSTACHE[/bold] wrote: "He will complement our existing strikers." Does that mean 2 up front and 4-4-2 ?[/p][/quote]I think this is a misquote - it should have been spelt "compliment" - I'd not read too much in to it - I think it just means he'll say nice things to Craig, Ashley and Will to make them feel good! :-) tonytowner1

7:34pm Wed 16 Jan 13

Old Scrote of the Amex says...

namgo49 wrote:
I cannot imagine he will be match fit. Subs bench at best for Saturday (if the game is played which I would doubt given the dire weather warning for that neck of the woods!!)
It all depends on how you define 'match fitness'. Mental sharpness?
[quote][p][bold]namgo49[/bold] wrote: I cannot imagine he will be match fit. Subs bench at best for Saturday (if the game is played which I would doubt given the dire weather warning for that neck of the woods!!)[/p][/quote]It all depends on how you define 'match fitness'. Mental sharpness? Old Scrote of the Amex

7:35pm Wed 16 Jan 13

tonytowner1 says...

ps - anyone know if his 48/ 102 included him taking many penalties for Alermia? I am hoping not - in which case the stat is even better!!
ps - anyone know if his 48/ 102 included him taking many penalties for Alermia? I am hoping not - in which case the stat is even better!! tonytowner1

7:46pm Wed 16 Jan 13

albionfan33 says...

tonytowner1 wrote:
ps - anyone know if his 48/ 102 included him taking many penalties for Alermia? I am hoping not - in which case the stat is even better!!
i watched a little vid on him last night there was a few pens in there but also some cracking goals we could have a very good player
[quote][p][bold]tonytowner1[/bold] wrote: ps - anyone know if his 48/ 102 included him taking many penalties for Alermia? I am hoping not - in which case the stat is even better!![/p][/quote]i watched a little vid on him last night there was a few pens in there but also some cracking goals we could have a very good player albionfan33

7:52pm Wed 16 Jan 13

cheese rolls ! says...

2 million quid for someone that has been sat on the bench in the Spanish second division? In Gus we must trust!
2 million quid for someone that has been sat on the bench in the Spanish second division? In Gus we must trust! cheese rolls !

7:54pm Wed 16 Jan 13

mark5 says...

Sounds just what the doctor ordered, so Happy Days!! I am frankly astonished at the length of the contract he plays under, so Gus and Tony Bloom must really see some serious potential in this guy. If he scores the sort of goals our current strikers have missed in previous games, top 6 becomes a real possibility! UTA!
Sounds just what the doctor ordered, so Happy Days!! I am frankly astonished at the length of the contract he plays under, so Gus and Tony Bloom must really see some serious potential in this guy. If he scores the sort of goals our current strikers have missed in previous games, top 6 becomes a real possibility! UTA! mark5

8:10pm Wed 16 Jan 13

Gazza by the sea says...

Not sure where these crazy formation suggestions come from but unless you're hoping we're dropping Bridcutt it's 4-1-4-1 all the way - as it has been all season
Not sure where these crazy formation suggestions come from but unless you're hoping we're dropping Bridcutt it's 4-1-4-1 all the way - as it has been all season Gazza by the sea

8:18pm Wed 16 Jan 13

Eastbourne Blue says...

Can I suggest a new song to the tune of Lola (Kinks)

He plays up front and he scores all the goals that's Ulloa U.. L.. ..L..O..A Ulloa

OK I'll get my coat then!
Can I suggest a new song to the tune of Lola (Kinks) He plays up front and he scores all the goals that's Ulloa U.. L.. ..L..O..A Ulloa OK I'll get my coat then! Eastbourne Blue

8:22pm Wed 16 Jan 13

BHAFC 608 says...

Hopefully he'll be the missing link and can bring others into play, holding the ball up etc. I think we'll go 4-2-3-1

Bruno, El-Abd, Greer, Bridge

Bridcutt, Hammond

Buckley, Orlandi

CMS

Ulloa

CMS in the hole to collect the knock downs.
Hopefully he'll be the missing link and can bring others into play, holding the ball up etc. I think we'll go 4-2-3-1 Bruno, El-Abd, Greer, Bridge Bridcutt, Hammond Buckley, Orlandi CMS Ulloa CMS in the hole to collect the knock downs. BHAFC 608

8:39pm Wed 16 Jan 13

albionfan33 says...

i have just looked on the sill rumours site seems saha is on the way hehe
i have just looked on the sill rumours site seems saha is on the way hehe albionfan33

9:12pm Wed 16 Jan 13

SMF20 says...

It's getting increasingly difficult for GP to pick a starting 11 as new arrivals sign up and injured players return to fitness.
It's a problem I would personally want though given the alternative of having a depleted squad.
I await with anticipation to see the starting 11 when all are fit.
I'd love to see the following line up but given Gp's stance to date I can't see it. I can dream though.

Kuz

Bruno, Greer, El abd, Bridge

Bridcutt

Buckley, Vicente, Orlandi

Cms

Ulloa

It's good to be a Brighton fan. Uta
It's getting increasingly difficult for GP to pick a starting 11 as new arrivals sign up and injured players return to fitness. It's a problem I would personally want though given the alternative of having a depleted squad. I await with anticipation to see the starting 11 when all are fit. I'd love to see the following line up but given Gp's stance to date I can't see it. I can dream though. Kuz Bruno, Greer, El abd, Bridge Bridcutt Buckley, Vicente, Orlandi Cms Ulloa It's good to be a Brighton fan. Uta SMF20

9:15pm Wed 16 Jan 13

Hovite says...

Eastbourne Blue wrote:
Can I suggest a new song to the tune of Lola (Kinks)

He plays up front and he scores all the goals that's Ulloa U.. L.. ..L..O..A Ulloa

OK I'll get my coat then!
Hang your coat back up my friend, it works, good job.

You need to submit this one to northstandchat
[quote][p][bold]Eastbourne Blue[/bold] wrote: Can I suggest a new song to the tune of Lola (Kinks) He plays up front and he scores all the goals that's Ulloa U.. L.. ..L..O..A Ulloa OK I'll get my coat then![/p][/quote]Hang your coat back up my friend, it works, good job. You need to submit this one to northstandchat Hovite

9:31pm Wed 16 Jan 13

awayisbest says...

And its Arsenal.............
UTA
And its Arsenal............. UTA awayisbest

9:34pm Wed 16 Jan 13

Hovite says...

Ah you Bstd, I was waiting for the highlights lol
Ah you Bstd, I was waiting for the highlights lol Hovite

9:34pm Wed 16 Jan 13

SiWilki says...

Awesome, nice contract length, lets hope he's scoring well soon.

No up the Ares-nal in Brighton a week Saturday please....
Awesome, nice contract length, lets hope he's scoring well soon. No up the Ares-nal in Brighton a week Saturday please.... SiWilki

9:35pm Wed 16 Jan 13

awayisbest says...

PS SMF20 luv your selection.
PS SMF20 luv your selection. awayisbest

9:35pm Wed 16 Jan 13

Hovite says...

At least if we draw it makes a great day out at the Emirates.
At least if we draw it makes a great day out at the Emirates. Hovite

9:37pm Wed 16 Jan 13

SMF20 says...

Hovite wrote:
Ah you Bstd, I was waiting for the highlights lol
Hahaha, quality...
[quote][p][bold]Hovite[/bold] wrote: Ah you Bstd, I was waiting for the highlights lol[/p][/quote]Hahaha, quality... SMF20

9:39pm Wed 16 Jan 13

SiWilki says...

Were there any highlights in that match?!
Were there any highlights in that match?! SiWilki

9:49pm Wed 16 Jan 13

Hovite says...

I dunno, aint watched them yet.

Don't tell me the score!
I dunno, aint watched them yet. Don't tell me the score! Hovite

9:53pm Wed 16 Jan 13

sussexram40 says...

Hang on. We'd never heard of this bloke, He's totally untried and tested in English football, He could be a big flop!
I reserve judgement but obviously hope he does the business.
Hang on. We'd never heard of this bloke, He's totally untried and tested in English football, He could be a big flop! I reserve judgement but obviously hope he does the business. sussexram40

9:56pm Wed 16 Jan 13

SiWilki says...

Are you gusset in disguise?
Are you gusset in disguise? SiWilki

9:58pm Wed 16 Jan 13

bbb1969 says...

Some good formations although we can't forget Lopez although competition is good, Vincente and Hoskins should also get a shout now.
What a good position to be in!!!

I would go 4-2-3-1 also, Hammond is a bit slow for me so I would give Crofts a few more games and see how Vincente goes.

Kuz

Bruno, El-Abd, Greer, Bridge

Bridcutt, Crofts

Buckley, Orlandi

CMS

Ulloa
Some good formations although we can't forget Lopez although competition is good, Vincente and Hoskins should also get a shout now. What a good position to be in!!! I would go 4-2-3-1 also, Hammond is a bit slow for me so I would give Crofts a few more games and see how Vincente goes. Kuz Bruno, El-Abd, Greer, Bridge Bridcutt, Crofts Buckley, Orlandi CMS Ulloa bbb1969

10:05pm Wed 16 Jan 13

Hovite says...

SiWilki wrote:
Are you gusset in disguise?
Derby fan ram. He disappeared after he got beat on Saturday.

Anyway I can’t think of any signings Gus has got wrong and although Sussexram40 hasn’t seen him play and cannot judge him, the club has, over the past year, and that’s good enough for me.
[quote][p][bold]SiWilki[/bold] wrote: Are you gusset in disguise?[/p][/quote]Derby fan ram. He disappeared after he got beat on Saturday. Anyway I can’t think of any signings Gus has got wrong and although Sussexram40 hasn’t seen him play and cannot judge him, the club has, over the past year, and that’s good enough for me. Hovite

10:08pm Wed 16 Jan 13

tug509 says...

Great news,welcome to the Albion Leo,Blue & White stripes will suit you better!. UTA
Great news,welcome to the Albion Leo,Blue & White stripes will suit you better!. UTA tug509

10:11pm Wed 16 Jan 13

SiWilki says...

Hovite wrote:
SiWilki wrote:
Are you gusset in disguise?
Derby fan ram. He disappeared after he got beat on Saturday.

Anyway I can’t think of any signings Gus has got wrong and although Sussexram40 hasn’t seen him play and cannot judge him, the club has, over the past year, and that’s good enough for me.
Oh that would explain why he's been................
............sheepish ;)
[quote][p][bold]Hovite[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SiWilki[/bold] wrote: Are you gusset in disguise?[/p][/quote]Derby fan ram. He disappeared after he got beat on Saturday. Anyway I can’t think of any signings Gus has got wrong and although Sussexram40 hasn’t seen him play and cannot judge him, the club has, over the past year, and that’s good enough for me.[/p][/quote]Oh that would explain why he's been................ ............sheepish ;) SiWilki

11:01pm Wed 16 Jan 13

Hovite says...

;o)
;o) Hovite

12:34am Thu 17 Jan 13

VegasSeagull says...

30 minutes past midnight as I write in the UK, we have our new striker and we have all our gems, a very good day for Brighton.

15 days of the window left, it's about time we heard of another possible signing.
I don't think, and I don't want to think that we are done just yet. A new center back must be on the cards and I still say we need another striker.
30 minutes past midnight as I write in the UK, we have our new striker and we have all our gems, a very good day for Brighton. 15 days of the window left, it's about time we heard of another possible signing. I don't think, and I don't want to think that we are done just yet. A new center back must be on the cards and I still say we need another striker. VegasSeagull

12:57am Thu 17 Jan 13

Vince says...

LUA LUA:- " 'ULLO - 'OO A U?"
LEO ULLOA:- "LEO ULLOA -'OO A U?" LUA LUA:- "LUA LUA"

Anagram of above conversation:-
OOOOOOOOOLLLLLLLLLLL
AAAAAAAAAAUUUUUUUUUU
U ?
(Who hell are you?)
LUA LUA:- " 'ULLO - 'OO A U?" LEO ULLOA:- "LEO ULLOA -'OO A U?" LUA LUA:- "LUA LUA" Anagram of above conversation:- OOOOOOOOOLLLLLLLLLLL AAAAAAAAAAUUUUUUUUUU U ? (Who hell are you?) Vince

1:09am Thu 17 Jan 13

Vince says...

Correction to this bit of nonsense!

LUA LUA:- " 'ULLO - 'OO A U?"

LEO ULLOA:- "LEO ULLOA -'OO A U?"

LUA LUA:- "LUA LUA"

Anagram should now read:-

OOOOOOOOOELLLLLLLLLL
L
AAAAAAAAAAUUUUUUUUUU

UE?
Who (the) hell are you eh?
Correction to this bit of nonsense! LUA LUA:- " 'ULLO - 'OO A U?" LEO ULLOA:- "LEO ULLOA -'OO A U?" LUA LUA:- "LUA LUA" Anagram should now read:- OOOOOOOOOELLLLLLLLLL L AAAAAAAAAAUUUUUUUUUU UE? Who (the) hell are you eh? Vince

1:22am Thu 17 Jan 13

Vince says...

But who goes - You decide!

Possible Value?
CMS ? £3.5 - 4m
Bridcutt ? £6m+
Dobbie ? £1m
Hoskins ? £1m
Crofts ? £0.3m
Brezovan ? £0.1m

Obviously, Bridcutt MUST stay IMHO, but would Gus let him go for £6m+?
I think that both Hoskins and Dobbie could profit from Ulloa's presence, as could CMS. So will Gus experiment before making a decision on who should stay and who shold go?
But who goes - You decide! Possible Value? CMS ? £3.5 - 4m Bridcutt ? £6m+ Dobbie ? £1m Hoskins ? £1m Crofts ? £0.3m Brezovan ? £0.1m Obviously, Bridcutt MUST stay IMHO, but would Gus let him go for £6m+? I think that both Hoskins and Dobbie could profit from Ulloa's presence, as could CMS. So will Gus experiment before making a decision on who should stay and who shold go? Vince

5:54am Thu 17 Jan 13

dave from bexill says...

Vince wrote:
But who goes - You decide!

Possible Value?
CMS ? £3.5 - 4m
Bridcutt ? £6m+
Dobbie ? £1m
Hoskins ? £1m
Crofts ? £0.3m
Brezovan ? £0.1m

Obviously, Bridcutt MUST stay IMHO, but would Gus let him go for £6m+?
I think that both Hoskins and Dobbie could profit from Ulloa's presence, as could CMS. So will Gus experiment before making a decision on who should stay and who shold go?
With the best part of the season to come now, ie the business end, the whole squad is required for the hoped for push to the playoffs. As such, not the time to weaken what we have. The club is so close now imo . Watched Arsenal game. Doubt they'll have the bottle to turn up at the Amex. Mind you, that Wilshere can play a bit.UTA
[quote][p][bold]Vince[/bold] wrote: But who goes - You decide! Possible Value? CMS ? £3.5 - 4m Bridcutt ? £6m+ Dobbie ? £1m Hoskins ? £1m Crofts ? £0.3m Brezovan ? £0.1m Obviously, Bridcutt MUST stay IMHO, but would Gus let him go for £6m+? I think that both Hoskins and Dobbie could profit from Ulloa's presence, as could CMS. So will Gus experiment before making a decision on who should stay and who shold go?[/p][/quote]With the best part of the season to come now, ie the business end, the whole squad is required for the hoped for push to the playoffs. As such, not the time to weaken what we have. The club is so close now imo . Watched Arsenal game. Doubt they'll have the bottle to turn up at the Amex. Mind you, that Wilshere can play a bit.UTA dave from bexill

6:17am Thu 17 Jan 13

MHubbs says...

Sounds like a very good move. Lets all hope he lives up to his billing😊

Who knows - they might even find he has some distant relative on his mothers side of the family who is related to Glen Murrey?????

That might even keep the old Gusset Snatcher quiet for a while lol
Sounds like a very good move. Lets all hope he lives up to his billing😊 Who knows - they might even find he has some distant relative on his mothers side of the family who is related to Glen Murrey????? That might even keep the old Gusset Snatcher quiet for a while lol MHubbs

9:10am Thu 17 Jan 13

Therapist says...

Ola, Ola Ola Ola,
Ulloa, Ulloa!
Ola, Ola Ola Ola,
Ulloa Ulloa!
Ola, Ola Ola Ola, Ulloa, Ulloa! Ola, Ola Ola Ola, Ulloa Ulloa! Therapist

8:25am Sun 20 Jan 13

Captain Haddock says...

Great News!!!
[b]Great News!!![/b] Captain Haddock

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