Albion have bolstered their leaking defence by signing rightback Andrew Whing on a month's loan from Micky Adams' Coventry.

The 22-year-old goes straight into the side to face Blackpool at Withdean (1.30pm).

The Seagulls are hoping Whing's arrival will help shore up a back four which has let in nine goals during four straight defeats.

Assistant manager Dean White has been tracking the Birmingham-born defender for some time but former Albion chief Adams would not let Whing go until his first choice rightback, David McNamee, completed a suspension.

The Seagulls have seen off competition from Swindon for Whing, who has made 76 Championship starts for Coventry since graduating from their youth academy in February 2003.

The latest of his six appearances for the Sky Blues this season came in their 1-0 defeat by Plymouth at the Ricoh Arena last weekend.

White said: "I've been trying to get him since Dean Wilkins and myself took over. I spoke to Micky about him and he is a good signing for us.

"He is still young but he has played at a higher level and we need to strengthen the defence."

Whing's capture reduces the chances of Albion signing French rightback Jean-Martial Kipre.

The 22-year-old from Paris St Germain has been training with the Seagulls after featuring in a friendly against Le Havre on Tuesday and they would like to extend his trial for a little longer.

Albion have ended their interest in 32-year-old Congo international leftback Moke Kajima, who also figured against Le Havre.