Date: 30th August 2015 at 1:38pm
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Earlier in the week it was reported Southend were signing Glen Rea on loan?

Ahead of the win at Ipswich we saw this, and the arrival at Brighton of Elvis Manu, confirmed on the Official Website. The highly rated Irish defender will be on loan with the League 1 side until 2nd January.

Chris Hughton, following his confirmed exit, said.

‘Glen has made great progress over the past year or so, both with the club and on the international scene. In the time I’ve been here he’s shown that he is a great professional, willing to work hard and learn his craft.

‘He had a terrific pre-season and he’s been excellent in both League Cup ties he’s played. Now it’s right for his development to get some regular league football, and at Southend, a club who won promotion last season, he will be able to do that, and with a very experienced manager in Phil Brown.’

Rea should be one of those that makes inroads into the Brighton first-team squad on a regular basis in the next year or so with this loan move to Roots Hall making perfect sense for all concerned.

He’ll be back, even if his loan is extended in the New Year perhaps, but one we announced, also on the Official Website, ahead of the three-two win at Portman Road was the signing of Dutch U21 international Manu.

The forward, who can play as a striker or a winger, has signed a three-year contract arriving from Feyenoord for an undisclosed fee.

On his arrival Hughton added.

‘We are really pleased to have brought in another offensive option, and what Elvis will bring us is a different type of striker, and also a player who has also played in the wide areas.

‘At 22 years of age, he is of a great age for further development, and he comes to us with a very good pedigree having come through the Feyenoord system, and he has represented Holland from under-16 to under-21 level.’

If Elvis has brought his ‘blue suede shoes’ with him to the Amex Stadium we could see him have a big impact, which will of course be the aim, at Brighton in what’s been a great start to the season so far by Albion.

Rea might have but Elvis hasn’t ‘left the building’ and as long as this deal with the 22-year-old, Ghanaian born, works out as planned he’ll not do so for at least three-years!

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