Watford target Tomasz Kuszczak has agreed to join Brighton and Hove Albion on a free transfer.

Kuszczak has known for some time that he would be released by Manchester United and joined Watford on loan for the final two months of the season, making 13 appearances.

The Hornets wanted to make the switch permanent but it always seemed unlikely they would be able to compete with other interested clubs when it came to wages.

Kuszczak told Brighton's website: "I have played Premier League football for eight years, with West Bromwich Albion and Manchester United, and I believe the structure is in place here to join them.

"The manager and coaching staff, the team, stadium, crowds, through to the plans for the new training ground, everything is geared up for playing at the highest level and I could sense that ambition to be a top club straight away.

"Also when I played against Brighton last season, while on loan at Watford, I was very impressed with the way the team played - it was totally different to the rest of the Championship and more like what I was used to at Manchester United.

"This team likes to pass the ball, they like to create, they are attractive to watch. The way Brighton play is the future of football. I had other clubs who wanted to sign me but my heart told me that this was the right choice."

Kuszczak has agreed a two-year contract and the move will be completed on July 1.