Norwich City midfielder Elliott Bennett completes Brighton loan move
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Norwich City's Elliott Bennett has completed a short-term loan move to his former club Brighton.
The Seagulls confirmed the deal on Saturday evening after Neil Adams had revealed Bennett was in talks with City's Championship rivals following Friday's 2-1 Carrow Road win over Bolton.
Bennett will link up with Albion until December 1 and is expected to be in the Seagulls' squad for next week's Championship game against Wigan. Bennett is not eligible for Brighton's league visit to Carrow Road on November 22.
The 25-year-old has made only seven appearances for the Canaries this season after battling back from knee ligament surgery suffered on the opening day of last season's Premier League campaign.
Bennett joined Norwich from Brighton in June 2011 after helping the Seagulls to the League One title.
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'Elliott brings an extra attacking dimension and will give us additional quality in the final third,' Brighton boss Sami Hyypia told his club's official site. 'He's comfortable on the ball, running at opponents and knows how to cause teams problems. I don't know Elliott as well as some at the club, but he's a proven player at this level and I've been told he's a great character, and he's the type we want on and off the pitch.'
Adams sanctioned the loan move in a bid to get regular first team action for the midfielder.
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'He needs games, he needs minutes and he has an opportunity to go down and be with Brighton for the short term,' said the City chief, after watching his side beat the Trotters 2-1 on Friday evening. 'Its not confirmed yet but ideally a month or so to get games and we take it from there. With him not being in the 18 here and being such a great lad he deserves that opportunity.'