Former Manchester United striker joins Brighton & Hove Albion

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Former Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck has made a surprise move back to the Premier League after joining Brighton & Holve Albion on a free transfer.

The United academy product was released by Watford earlier this month following their relegation from the Premier League, but has secured a one-year contract at the Ammex Stadium.

Across his Premier League career at United, Arsenal, Watford and a loan spell with Sunderland, Welbeck has scored 44 Premier League goals in 224 appearances.

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“We are delighted to have Danny joining us. He will complement our existing striking options,” said Brighton manager Graeme Potter.

“He’s got an undoubted pedigree, and he is quick and technically very good. He will add to our attacking threat and we are thrilled to add another player of his experience and quality.”

Brighton’s technical director Dan Ashworth said of the signing: “I think Danny’s arrival concludes what we feel has been a very good window for the club.

“A lot of planning, diligence and hard work went into the recruitment side, and I would like to thank all the club’s different departments for their efforts in achieving that.”

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