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Florin Andone swaps Brighton for Galatasaray on loan

Brighton striker Florin Andone has joined Turkish champions Galatasaray on a season-long loan for an undisclosed fee.

Albion have an option to recall the Romania international in January as part of the agreement.

The 26-year-old came off the bench to score in the opening-day win at Watford but was sent off on his first start of the season in the home defeat to Southampton.

Brighton head coach Graham Potter told the club website: “We feel this loan to Galatasaray gives Florin the opportunity to go and play regularly, which he’s found difficult here.

“He also has the prospect of Champions League football. We wish Florin well for the season ahead, we have the option of a recall in January and we will closely monitor his progress.”

Andone, capped 26 times by Romania, is due to link up with his national squad for qualifiers against Spain and Malta this week.

He joined Premier League Albion from Spanish side Deportivo La Coruna in July 2018 and scored six times in 30 appearances in all competitions, but was restricted to just nine top-flight starts.