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Poyet: Noone will be missed
Gus Poyet has admitted Albion are going to miss Cardiff-bound winger Craig Noone .
But the extra funds could help the manager end his long hunt for a target man and sign Swansea's Spanish left winger turned central midfielder Andrea Orlandi before the transfer window shuts tomorrow night.
Noone has joined Cardiff in a £1 million deal on a lucrative four-year contract after the Welshmen made several attempts to buy him in January.
Poyet said: "It's a similar situation to ones we had in the past with Elliott Bennett and Crofty. Our valuation of the player is met and the player is willing to go, not because of us but what he has got ahead of him - especially what he is going to get paid.
"In the beginning it was very easy, because I was thinking only about the player and his future and his family.
"It's getting worse and worse, because you are losing a player that is very special, first on the pitch but also because he is very popular and a great boy to have around, a character. We are going to miss him."
Noone's departure means Poyet has more money to play with in the transfer market ahead of the 11pm Friday cut-off for permanent deals.
He said: "It's an opportunity as well. I can tell you we are in the market I had a budget and I had a quantity of money to spend and then in a day and a half that money increased a lot, plus the salary of the player, so yes it has changed.
"That doesn't mean we are going to look for an exact replacement for Nooney. It means we are going to look for a player that can help us a bit better, maybe with different characteristsics, because it's very difficult to find another Nooney.
"We were not looking for wingers, because we have three. Of course, you have got a list of players but it is very difficult to get one of them now, so we were looking for other types of players, especially the striker and maybe a strong midfielder or different type of midfielder. Maybe those ones are going to be a bit easier."
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