ALBION captain Bruno has backed Florin Andone to make a smooth transition from La Liga to the Premier League.

The Spanish veteran switched from the top flight in his homeland with Valencia to the Seagulls.

Romanian striker Andone was in Spain for 13 years and has joined Albion from relegated Deportivo La Coruna after working his way through the divisions.

Bruno told The Argus: "I think it's going to be really easy for him because of his mentality. He is Romanian. He moved to Spain when he was 12 years old. He has been working so hard.

"He has been in low-profile leagues growing up. I like those type of players, because to get where he is now he has been sweating so much and you can see that.

"He is so open-minded. I think he is going to settle down so quickly."

Albion finally landed Andone at the third time of asking after Deportivo's vain bid to beat the drop.

Their patience saved them more than £12 million as the Spanish club's asking price plummeted to £5.25 million.

Andone provides boss Chris Hughton with a different dimension to his attacking options.

Bruno said: "He is a clever striker, always trying to read the game and running in behind, the type of player the club was looking for."