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Orlandi is all lined up to join Albion
ALBION have lined up Andrea Orlandi from Swansea to fill a vacancy in the squad created by Craig Noone’s departure to Cardiff.
The Spaniard’s move from the Liberty Stadium should be completed before the transfer window for permanent deals shuts tonight after Albion agreed an undisclosed fee with the Premier League club.
Orlandi has scored three goals in 90 games for Swansea since joining them in 2007 but does not feature in the plans of new manager Michael Laudrup.
The 28-year-old from Barcelona has been converted into a central midfielder after joining them as a left winger, the role occupied by Noone.
Albion boss Gus Poyet hinted at Orlandi’s arrival yesterday when discussing Noone’s departure.
Poyet said: “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.
“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.”
He played, like Calderon, for Deportivo Alves before two years with Barcelona’s reserves.
Poyet’s squad was trimmed further yesterday by striker Roland Bergkamp’s return to Holland with VVV-Venlo on a season-long loan.
Bergkamp, 21, joined Albion last summer from Dutch side Excelsior but is yet to make his first team debut and was loaned out to Rochdale in League One last season. Poyet said: “Roland is a great lad and good professional but things haven’t worked out quite as we hoped.
“At his age and at this stage in his career he needs to be playing regular senior football and this is a good opportunity for him.”
Matt Sparrow and Romain Vincelot, both told their futures lie elsewhere, could leave on loan once the window closes.
“There have been plenty of talks, plenty of chances,” Poyet said. “I think there are a few clubs that use the loan market a lot, so we need to wait and see.”