As per one of the latest reports by BBC, Premier League outfit Brighton & Hove Albion have agreed to lure Colombian winger Jose Izquierdo from Club Brugge, subject to medical, work permit and international clearance.
The Seagulls are believed to be on the verge of breaking their transfer record, as it is perceived that Izquierdo would join them for a whopping £13.5million fee from the Belgian Pro League outfit which is another testament of their seriousness this summer.
Under the stewardship of Chris Hughton, Brighton & Hove Albion managed a remarkable season in the Championship last season, as a result of which they successfully made the uplift to the Promised Land of the Premier League. The animosity which the English top flight has on offer is unknown to none and thus, Hughton has rightfully kept himself busy in inking some stupendous deals in order to beef up his ranks.
Finishing outside the relegation zone will undoubtedly be the target for Albion as maintaining their status of being a Premier League unit holds paramount importance for them. During a season, a lot relies upon how the attacking arsenal of a side ply their trade and the former Norwich City boss has edged closer to make a galvanising signing to enhance their chances of getting the better output.
Izquierdo is an appealing prospect and there are no two perceptions about the same, for despite being a winger, he keeps finding the back of the net time and again.
The 25-year-old has been with Club Brugge since 2014 after making a move from Once Caldas and has been an instrumental figure at the club ever since then. Izquierdo banged in 16 goals in 34 appearances last season and helped his employers in finishing as the runners-up in the Belgian Pro League. His impressive form earned him his first call-up to the national side for the friendly games they played in June against Spain and Cameroon, with the attacker scoring against the latter.
Generally a left-winger, Izquierdo uses his right foot and cuts inside with relative ease. His movements on and off the ball make him too difficult to be marked by the opposition defenders and he really has the cutting edge to create chances for his teammates apart from his knack to test the goalkeepers on a regular basis.
It would be interesting to see how he adjusts himself to the rigours which the Premier League offers and it goes without saying that he would be eager to prove himself in arguably the toughest league in the world.