Tim Cahill today revealed Albion are "on to a winner" with Paul Reid.

Millwall star Cahill has hailed his fellow Australian midfielder as an ideal addition to the Seagulls' squad.

The Argus reported on Tuesday that manager Mark McGhee plans to sign Reid on a free transfer from Bradford for the rest of the season before today's 5pm transfer deadline.

The 24-year-old completed a two-match trial in the Reserves at Northampton yesterday after Cahill recommended him to McGhee, his former manager at Millwall.

Cahill said: "I have known Paul for a long time. I played with him in Australia and he is great on the ball, strong all-round and reliable.

"Like me, he had aspirations to play in England and we both really appreciate the chance we've been given. He looks after himself and takes pride in his performances.

"He's had a bad run of luck at Bradford. All he needs is to play games.

"Brighton are on to a winner. He is a great acquisition as a squad player. Brighton's midfield is quite strong but he will make the squad stronger and in time force his way in."

McGhee still hopes to use his remaining loan on another forward before the deadline, despite a knockback yesterday.

He said: "We approached one club about a deal but they changed their minds."

Meanwhile, Albion and Stockport have pleaded guilty to an FA charge of failing to control their players following the mass confrontation towards the end of their 1-1 draw at Edgeley Park.

Both clubs have requested a personal hearing.