Transfer record broken again!
Brighton & Hove Albion have agreed terms with Belgian side Club Brugge for the club record transfer of Colombian international winger Jose Izquierdo.
The 25-year-old has also agreed personal terms and the club are in the process of completing the deal, subject to a medical in the UK in the next 24 hours, the necessary work permit, and international clearance.
The transfer would set a new record fee paid, and break the club’s record fee paid for the third time this summer.
Manager Chris Hughton 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.”
Hailing from the Colombian city of Pereira, Izquierdo 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.