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Brighton to sign Colombian winger Izquierdo for record ‘£13.5m’ fee

Jose Izquierdo scored for Brugge in the Champions League against Leicester City last season

Brighton are set to break their transfer record for the third time this summer after agreeing a deal to sign Colombian international Jose Izquierdo from Club Brugge.

The 25-year-old winger, who will join in a reported £13.5m deal, will complete the move after a medical.

Izquierdo scored 15 goals in the Belgian Pro League last term.

Later on Thursday, Brighton announced they have completed the signing of Soufyan Ahannach from Almere City.

The 21-year-old winger joins from the Dutch second tier club on a five-year deal, having scored 18 goals and provided 15 assists in 42 games last season.

Seagulls boss Chris Hughton said he is “a young player with a lot of talent and good potential”.

Hughton’s side broke their transfer record on Monday when they signed Dutch midfielder Davy Propper from PSV Eindhoven for around £6m.

They had already paid a reported £5m in June for Valencia’s Australian goalkeeper Mathew Ryan.

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

“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,” he added.

Izquierdo won the Belgian Cup during his first season with Brugge in 2014/15, followed by the Belgian League title a year later – when he was named Belgium’s Player of the Year.

His two international caps came in friendly matches against Cameroon and Spain in June.

Analysis

Johnny Cantor, BBC Sussex Sport

Albion’s spending before their Premier League bow has been gradual and measured across the summer. Having secured the services of dependable Pascal Gross and Markus Suttner from the Bundesliga, chairman Tony Bloom is starting to back Chris Hughton with real cash.

Australian international Mathew Ryan fills a huge void after the departure of goalkeeper David Stockdale, Izzy Brown provides flexibility in attack after agreeing a season-long loan from Chelsea and now Davy Propper has been joined by Colombian international winger Jose Izquierdo.

That transfer record for Izquierdo could still be broken with the arrival of a much needed striker, or the club could opt for a high-profile loan signing.

Find all the latest football transfers on our dedicated page.

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