Albion are grateful that Glenn Murray was not the right fit for Bournemouth.

The Seagulls signed the veteran marksman from today's visitors to the Amex.

Murray made only six Premier League starts in Bournemouth's first season after promotion in 2015-16 before returning to Albion.

Fifty goals in 120 games in his second spell at the club have helped Chris Hughton's team to promotion, survival and a semi-final appearance in the FA Cup.

Hughton said: "We are grateful that they (Albion) didn't play him or didn't eventually see him in their plans.

"The only thing I can think of - and this is not taking anything away from Glenn - is the type of striker (at Bournemouth).

"Defoe's been there, Wilson, King, Mousset - they generally tend to be a different type of striker than Glenn.

"So I don't think it was anything to do with Glenn's ability. I think it was that they opted for a different type of striker and that restricted the games that he had."

Murray, without a home goal this year, or fit-again Florin Andone will lead the attack against the Cherries.

Romanian Andone, on target in the FA Cup third round victory at Bournemouth in January, replaced Murray in the second half of the FA Cup semi-final defeat by Manchester City at Wembley.