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Hyypia hails Liverpool youngster

Liverpool loanee Joao Teixeira marked his first start for Brighton with a goal in a 2-0 Sky Bet Championship victory at Leeds and drew admiration from Seagulls manager Sami Hyypia.

Of course I am grateful to them for letting Joao come to us and get the games he needs, but it works both ways.

They can benefit too because his time with us can hopefully be a stepping stone towards Liverpool's first team.

He is a young player and Liverpool have a very big squad. A player of his age needs to play games to improve. We have a quality player and I am very happy to have him with us.

– Sami Hyypia

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Upson to join Leicester in Premier League

Leicester have agreed a deal to sign experienced defender Matthew Upson.

Upson turned down the offer of a new contract at Brighton in favour of a return to Barclays Premier League football, who this season ended their decade-long absence from the top flight by winning the Sky Bet Championship title.

He will sign a one-year deal on July 1 after his current contract with the Seagulls expires.

The 35-year-old played 47 games this season for Brighton, winning the club's player of the year award and helping them reach the play-offs where they were beaten by Derby.

Upson started his career at Luton and also played for Arsenal, Birmingham, West Ham and Stoke, before joining Brighton last summer after an initial loan spell.

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