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Portland Timbers star Ridgewell lands at Brighton

Brighton & Hove Albion have snapped up Liam Ridgewell on loan.

The 31-year-old defender has joined the Seagulls from Portland Timbers having captained the Cascadia club to MLS Cup glory in December.

Riegele will spend the remainder of the season with Brighton as Chris Hughton's outfit look to achieve automatic promotion to the Premier League.

Of the arrival of the former Aston Villa, Birmingham City and West Bromwich Albion centre-back, Hughton told the club's official website: "I know Liam very well from my time as manager at Birmingham City, and he is an excellent and important addition for us.

"He will bring extra experience to our defence at a crucial time, and will give me an option both in the centre of defence and at left-back.

"Liam has played the vast majority of his career in the Premier League - with more than 350 senior appearances; he's also got experience of the Europa League and Championship from his time at Birmingham."

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