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BRIGHTON AGREES CLUB RECORD FEE WITH CLUB BRUGGE FOR COLOMBIAN JOSE IZQUIERDO

Jose Izquierdo playing for Club Brugge

English Premier League promoted side, Brighton and Hove Albion has agreed a club record fee with Club Brugge for the transfer of Colombian international Jose Izquierdo.

Izquierdo, 25, who scored 15 goals for Club Brugge in the Belgian Pro League last season is reported to join Brighton for a club record fee of £13.5m subject to medical.

Jose Izquierdo scores against Leicester City in the UCL last season

If Jose Izquierdo joins Chris Hughton’s side, it will be the third time the Seagulls are breaking their club record after signing Valencia’s Australian goalkeeper Mathew Ryan for £5m and Dutch midfielder Davy Propper from PSV Eindhoven for around £6m.

He will become Brighton’s fourth summer signing after the club announced that they have completed the signing of Soufyan Ahannach from Almere City.

Soufyan Ahannach, 21, who played in the Dutch Erestdivisie joins on a five year deal having scored 18 goals and provided 15 assists in 42 games for Almere City last season.

Chris Hughton, manager of Brighton was full of praise for Soufyan Ahannach adding he is “a young player with a lot of talent and good potential”.

He also described Jose Izquierdo as “one of the standout players in Belgium over the past three years”.

He continued; “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”.

Jose Izquierdo won the Belgian Cup during his first season with Club Brugge in 2014/2015 and followed it with the Belgian League title a year after in a season he was named Belgium’s Player of the Year.

 

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