Premier League newboys Brighton and Hove Albion are on the verge of signing Colombian winger José Izquierdo from Brugge, Seagulls manager Chris Hughton confirmed today.
Brighton to break club transfer record for a third time
Brighton broke their transfer record just a few days ago, signing Dutch midfielder Davy Propper for a reported 6.6 million euros on Monday but they are now set to top that with Izquierdo’s arrival.
“José is someone we have been aware of for some time and has been one of the standout players in the Belgian league over the past three years”, Hughton said today. “He's been an exciting player for Club Brugge and in the season he helped the club win the title in 2015-16 he was also Belgium's Player of the Year. José has good experience with almost 250 senior games in both Colombia and Belgium, and has played in the Europa League, Champions League and international football, having made his debut for his national team this summer".
The 25-year-old must now gain international and work permit clearance, as well as pass a medical, before his move to Brighton is completed. His arrival would see the south coast club break their transfer record for the third time in as many months after they forked out £5.2 million for Valencia goalkeeper Maty Ryan in June.
Brighton begin their Premier League campaign at home to likely title-contenders Manchester City on Saturday.