Albion's latest Dutch recruit Rajiv van La Parra has no idea why he has fallen out of favour at Wolves.

But he is aiming to make it third time lucky in his seven-game stint with the Seagulls.

Van La Parra played 41 games for promoted Wolves in the Championship last season as they just missed out on the play-offs.

It has all gone wrong for the 24-year-old winger under Kenny Jackett since that promising debut campaign in English football after signing for Wolves in a three-year deal from Heerenveen, where he played in the Europa League.

A permanent move to Leeds collapsed in the summer transfer window and a loan switch to Bolton earlier this month floundered on a looming takeover of the club.

Van La Parra was resigned to remaining on the fringes at Molineux for the next month before grabbing the opportunity to join Albion until January 2 in the last few hours of the loan window on Thursday.

Van La Parra, whose move to the Seagulls was overshadowed by the subsequent capture of James Wilson from Manchester United, revealed to The Argus: "I was training and I didn't expect something to happen. I was just focusing on Wolves and seeing how many games I could play until the January window.

"My focus was on Wolves but my agent sent me a message at 11.45 that Brighton were negotiating with Wolves. I was very surprised but very excited. Two deals (Leeds and Bolton) didn't go through, so I wasn't happy until the papers were signed.

"I was surprised because it was near the end of loan window but I wasn't surprised because I know my qualities.

"I think everything happens for a reason. If something doesn't work out then maybe something else will. This is an example of that.

"Two weeks ago I could have signed for Bolton, who are bottom of the league, and now I am here.

"A permanent move to Leeds didn't go through. I was disappointed, now I am not because something better came along."

Van La Parra, in contrast to his near ever-present record for Wolves last season, has made only seven appearances for them this term, the last against Middlesbrough a month ago.

"It's a mystery," he said. "I didn’t understand what happened but sometimes these things happen in football.

"The manager maybe wanted to try some different players but I cannot explain what happened. It's unreal. I played last season and I then went onto the bench not playing as many games.

"I'm the type of person who goes to the manager and asked for an explanation why I wasn't playing. He (Jackett) couldn't really give a reason but he motivated me by saying that I was close to the team and training well.

"That was keeping me positive about the manager and his opinion of me. At the end of the day, they were just words and not actions and I can just focus on playing now."

Former Dutch under-21 international Van La Parra has teamed up at Albion with compatriots Elvis Manu - a fellow product of Feyenoord - and Danny Holla.

"It's nice to have them," he said. "They can help me. I know Manu very well because we played at Feyenoord. He was in a younger team than me. I've played against Danny a few times and we've had a number of conversations."

Van La Parra cannot play against Wolves when they visit on New Year's Day, so his loan effectively ends at home to Ipswich on December 29.

Did you know? Van La Parra was named by his mum after Rajiv Gandhi, the son of Indira Gandhi, assassinated in 1991.

"When people hear my name, they think I am from India, but that's not true," he explained. "My parents are from Suriname."