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Transfer strategy suits Hyypia

New Brighton & Hove Albion boss Sami Hyypia is looking forward to having more of a say on new signings than he did during his time in Germany.

Hyypia has taken charge at the Amex Stadium after a two-year stint in the Bundesliga with Bayer Leverkusen, where he did not handle transfers.

The former Liverpool defender will not have full control at Brighton, as head of football David Burke and his scouts undertake the background work on identifying targets.

But he will play a major role in deciding which of those players to try and sign and is pleased that he will be part of a team.

\"I think David Burke with Nathan and the whole scouting department have done already the kind of preparation where they acknowledge which positions we need some players.\" Hyypia said in The Argus.

\"I've seen a few games from last season and I agree with them which positions we need. That's very helpful for me that they have the positions and some options ready for me to choose as well. That helps us to get it done quickly and then make the right decision.

\"In Germany a lot of clubs are making the decisions. I am pleased that when I came here I was asked first my opinion, then we do the decisions.\"

Brighton are understood to be among a host of clubs tracking Costa Rica international .