Poyet hails Mackail-Smith coup
Striker joins Brighton from Peterborough on four-year deal
By Rob Parrish - Follow me on Twitter @skysportsrobp. Last Updated: 04/07/11 3:44pm
Brighton boss Gus Poyet plans to build his team around Craig Mackail-Smith after completing the signing of the in-demand striker from Peterborough.
Mackail-Smith has put pen to paper on a four-year deal at the Amex Stadium for a fee which is understood to be in the region of £2.5million initially and rising to a possible £3.2million.
The Scotland international was one of the most sought-after players in the Football League after netting 35 goals for Posh as they secured promotion via the League One play-offs.
Leicester and West Ham both had bids of £3million accepted for the talented forward, while QPR were also credited with an interest in his services.
But as revealed by skysports.com earlier today, the Seagulls beat their rivals to his signature and Poyet is expecting big things from his new arrival.
"When I first sat down with the chairman, Craig was at the top of my list, our number one target, so I am absolutely delighted to have signed him."
Gus Poyet Quotes of the week
Number one target
Poyet told the club's official website: "He is a player that we can build our team around, which is why I was so keen to bring him here, and one of the most pleasing aspects for me is that we have signed him despite interest from some other big, big teams.
"Some thought it was a done deal that he would be heading elsewhere, but we got the player which is good, as it shows that we want to go places, to do better. A signing like that can only help us as we try to bring more players in.
"When I first sat down with the chairman, Craig was at the top of my list, our number one target, so I am absolutely delighted to have signed him.
"He is going to be a key player for us. He was the best player in League One last year, he scored the most goals, he scored in the play-off final, and he's got everything we need to help make our strike-force one of the best."