London (AFP) – Premier League newboys Brighton and Hove Albion on Sunday signed Colombia international winger Jose Izquierdo from Club Brugge in Belgium for an undisclosed fee on a four-year deal, the English club announced.
Brighton had 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.
“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,” said Brighton coach Chris Hughton.
Subject to international clearance, Izquierdo could make his debut in Tuesday’s League Cup tie against Barnet.
In his three years in Belgium, the 25-year-old helped Brugge win the Belgian Cup and Belgian League.
He is expected to be named in Jose Pekerman’s squad for Colombia’s upcoming World Cup qualifiers in Venezuela on August 31 and at home to Brazil on September 5.
Brighton have suffered a painful introduction to the Premier League, losing both their opening games and are yet to score a goal.
25+ Channels With Sports & News
- Starting price: $33/mo. for fubo Latino Package
- Watch Premier League, Liga MX, MLS & World Cup
- Includes ESPN, FOX, Univision, TUDN and more
Favorite Leagues At The Best Price
- Starting price: $7.99/mo. for Live TV Package
- Watch Argentine league, Brasileirāo and Copa Libertadores
- Includes beIN SPORTS, GolTV, TyC Sports and more
Many Sports & ESPN Originals
- Price: $6.99/mo. (or get ESPN+, Hulu & Disney+ for $13.99/mo.)
- Features LaLiga, Bundesliga, MLS, Copa del Rey & more
- Also includes daily ESPN FC news & highlights show
Live TV, Soccer & Originals
- Starting price: $4.99/mo.
- Features Champions League, Serie A, Europa League & more
- Includes CBS, Star Trek & CBS Sports HQ
175 Premier League Games & PL TV
- Starting price: $4.99/mo. for Peacock Premium
- Watch 175 exclusive EPL games per season
- Includes Premier League TV channel plus movies, TV shows & more
Get All 3 And Save 30%
- $13.99/mo. for ESPN+, Disney+ & Hulu
- Includes Bundesliga, LaLiga, NHL & the home to UFC
- Features Marvel, Star Wars + shows & movies for your entire family