By Paul Camillin

Albion have signed former Chelsea midfielder Liam Bridcutt on a five-month permanent contract, and he goes straight into the squad for today's game with Walsall.

Gus Poyet explained, "We were aware of Liam last season, as a promising young holding midfielder, who had come through the ranks at Chelsea.

"However at the time that was not a priority as we had Alan Navarro covering that position; but now things have changed with his injury, so we have brought Liam in until the end of the year.

"He will provide us with cover while Alan comes back from his injury, and he has the opportunity to prove he is worth a longer-term deal with us."

Bridcutt, 21, came through the Blues' youth ranks and signed his first professional contract in the summer of 2007.

A holding midfielder who can also operate at full-back, he made his first-team bow on loan at Yeovil Town in 2008, and made nine appearances for the Glovers.

Bridcutt then linked up with his former Chelsea youth coach Brendan Rogers for a similar spell at Championship side Watford in 2008/09, and also made 19 appearances during a loan spell with Stockport County last season.

His time at County did not get off to the best of starts, following a red card in the 4-2 win against Albion at Withdean last August, and having returned to Stamford Bridge at Christmas he was eventually released this summer.

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