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KAYAL MOVE AGREED SUBJECT TO WORK PERMIT

23 January 2015


Brighton & Hove Albion have agreed the signing of Israeli international midfielder Beram Kayal from Celtic for an undisclosed fee - subject to a successful work permit application.

The 26-year-old passed a medical at the American Express Elite Football Performance Centre earlier today and will sign a two-and-half year deal, until the summer of 2017 - subject to a successful work permit hearing next Wednesday.

Albion boss Chris Hughton said, "We're delighted to have agreed a deal for someone of Kayal's stature, he's got plenty of experience with Celtic, and is an international.
 
"He is a good age and is a player who is really dynamic in midfield. He can play a few roles, including the holding role, but he also has the energy to break forward.

"He can play in a two or three-man midfield, so that gives us flexibility there. He has been involved in some big games at Celtic and he will really give us another real good option in midfield."

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Kayal began his career at Israeli side Maccabi Haifa, joining in 2002 as a youth-team player, going on to win two league titles and one cup in his eight years at the club.

The Israeli played four times for Haifa in the Champions League Group Stages in 2009 but after a successful eight years in Israel the midfielder opted to join Glasgow Celtic in July 2010.

Kayal clinched the first of three Scottish League titles in 2011/12, however he missed the second half of the season due to ankle ligament damage in an Old Firm game, returning only for the final day game at Hearts.

The Israeli came off the bench during Celtic’s famous 2-1 Champions League victory over Barcelona at Celtic Park in 2012, and scored his first-ever Champions League goal during a 2-1 win over Ajax the following season.

The midfielder has also represented his country over 20 times, scoring once during a Euro 2012 Qualifier against Latvia in March 2011.

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