Izquierdo move completed – Jose is ready to play
Brighton & Hove Albion have completed the club-record transfer of Colombian international winger Jose Izquierdo from Club Brugge for an undisclosed fee – subject to international clearance – and he has signed a contract until June 2021.
The club completed the final part of the transfer earlier today, and subject to receiving the necessary clearance in time, he could make his debut in Tuesday night’s Carabao Cup tie against Barnet at the Amex.
Albion agreed terms with Brugge and Izquierdo more than a week ago, but had to apply for work permit clearance in order to secure a UK work visa and register the transfer, which breaks the club’s record fee paid for the third time this summer.
Manager Chris Hughton said, “This has been a very complex deal, but I am absolutely delighted we are finally in a position to confirm it is completed. I would like to thank all those involved for their hard work and am delighted Jose is now able to begin work.
“He has already been in Brighton & Hove for a period of time, and been able to meet his new colleagues, but has not been permitted to train with us – so he is now very keen to get started, and we are looking forward to working with him on the training pitch.
“He’s a very exciting player to watch, and along with that excitement he will bring pace and creativity to the team; he also has an excellent goalscoring record. Subject to international clearance we expect fans will get their first sight of him on Tuesday night.”
Hailing from the Colombian city of Pereira, Izquierdo – who will wear the number 19 shirt for Albion – began his professional career with hometown club Deportivo Pereira. He moved to Once Caldas in 2013, before his move to Club Brugge in 2014.
In his three years with Brugge he helped them win the Belgian Cup during his first season in 2014/15, and the Belgian League a year later – when he won the Golden Shoe, Belgium’s Player of the Year Award.
This summer he was called up by the Colombian national team, and played in summer friendly matches against Cameroon and Spain, scoring once.
He is expected to be named in Jose Pekerman’s squad for Colombia’s upcoming World Cup qualifiers in Venezuela on 31st August, and home to Brazil on 5th September.
Hughton, speaking at the time the club announced terms had been agreed, said, “Jose is someone we have been aware of for sometime and has been one of the standout players in the Belgian league over the past three years.
“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.
“Jose 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.”