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Bloom reflects on busy summer

Brighton & Hove Albion chairman Tony Bloom has admitted that he found it tough doing business in the summer transfer window.

The Seagulls brought in 10 new players on permanent contracts and three on loan deals, including midfielder Joao Carlos Teixeira from Liverpool.

The Championship club also let 10 players leave on permanent contracts and farmed out three on loan.

Reflecting on their transfer transactions over the past several weeks, Bloom conceded that he found it tough but insisted that he is happy with the overall business.

"It was certainly a different sort of transfer window for us, it was the toughest I've had in my five years as chairman," he told Brighton's official website."It wasn't easy, it was a difficult start but the relief was that on the last day I was in meetings and then I was out in the pub in the evening and I didn't get a phonecall! "It was always going to be more difficult in a World Cup year; it was also more difficult because we had a change in manager and we had to understand what Sami needed.

"He had to be comfortable with the players and it was absolutely key that we're getting in the players that fit his style of play, but we certainly expected to have one or two more signings in place at the start of the season."On top of that we didn't expect either Solly March or Dale Stephens to miss the start of the season, so it was really difficult for everyone including Sami, but he handled it extremely well. "We're delighted to be in the position we're in as I said all along, but with peaks and troughs along the way. We have a very good squad and one which I think has a very good chance of success this season."