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Newcastle keeper Harper in demand for Brighton stay

Brighton boss Gus Poyet wants to keep on-loan stopper Steve Harper from Newcastle until the new year. Harper has kept two clean sheets in his four appearances since moving to the Amex Stadium on a month-long deal and is due to return to Tyneside after the Seasiders next fixture against Southampton.

Poyet told The Argus: "The idea in the beginning was it would be up to January. For some reasons, in the last few hours of negotiations, it changed to only a month.

"I don't like a month because players get used to how you play then go back, so I was as surprised as anyone.

"I was convinced it was for almost three months. It's very difficult to explain the reasons but it happened.

"I know it is difficult when somebody is on a short loan and they are a long way from home, so there are things we need to manage. We want the players to be happy here."

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