Gavin Hoyte is back training with Albion and on the brink of re-signing on loan from Arsenal for the rest of the season.

The deal to keep hold of Hoyte has not been affected by the Seagulls’ capture of another right-back, Spaniard Inigo Calderon.

Manager Gus Poyet said: “We explained to Gavin before asking Arsenal that there was probably a player coming.

“Arsenal knew that as well, so nothing has been hidden. Everyone knows where they stand.

“We are working on different aspects of the game with Gavin, because he has got something which is very difficult to find sometimes in football, the speed to recover.

“When you have that ability you don’t need to go to ground, because you are quicker than most players.

“He is young and there is plenty to come. We want to help him become a Premier League player or top Championship player.”

Calderon’s arrival has cast fresh doubt over the future of Andrew Whing, who has already lost the right-back spot to Hoyte.

Poyet said: “We will try to make sure we do what is right for the player. He has been very professional and never missed a training session. He just wants to play football.”

Albion, desperate for an outing for their fringe players, now have a reserve game at home to Brentford on January 20.