Date: 21st August 2017 at 11:32pm
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Late Sunday evening saw Brighton confirm the capture of Colombian international winger Jose Izquierdo from Club Brugge.

The deal had been known about but was subject to a work permit, but Sunday saw all the confirmation we needed to make the transfer official and announce his formal arrival at The Amex.

The player joins officially for an undisclosed fee and he has signed a contract through until the summer of 2021.

If his international clearance comes through in time, he could potentially debut in the EFL Cup tie against Barnet at the Amex on Tuesday evening.

Speaking to the Official Site after breaking our record transfer fee for the third time this summer, a pleased Chris Hughton explained.

‘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.’

He has been handed the No 19 shirt for the season and speaking himself, he was looking forward to repaying the faith that Hughton and the club had shown in him with our pursuit this summer.

‘The club believed in me. They took the time to follow my football, showed me the project for Brighton and the new challenge to be in the Premier League. I liked it and made the decision to join. The record fee is a motivation; we feel pressure in other ways, so you can’t think of the fee like that. You have to think that they paid that money because you deserve it. You have to keep this in mind and work like that. Every day you have to improve yourself and give everything for the club. The Premier League is a top league and I hope I can show my qualities and help the team.’

The 25 year old went on to say.

‘I talked with players from my club and ones from Colombia about this move, and normally the dream of everyone is to play in the Premier League. It’s something special for me, because in my country, they see the Premier League as the top competition. If you play in this competition, they are proud of you and you are viewed as a special player. I have been waiting for the moment to play for a long time, since I arrived in Brighton. I came here to train and reach my level for Brighton, and I cannot wait to play my first game.’

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