English Premiership

Brighton get work permit for record signing Izquierdo

London - Brighton are ready to complete the club record signing of Club Brugge winger Jose Izquierdo after the Colombian was granted a work permit on Wednesday.

Izquierdo agreed terms with the Premier League newcomers last week and his reported £13.5 transfer will now go through, subject to international clearance.

It is the second time Brighton have broken their transfer record this month following the £10 million capture of PSV Eindhoven midfielder Davy Propper.

"Jose is someone we have been aware of for sometime and has been one of the stand-out players in the Belgian league over the past three year," Brighton manager Chris Hughton said last week.

"He's been an exciting player for Club Brugge and in the season he helped the club win the title in 2015-16, he was also Belgium's Player of the Year.

If he receives clearance in time, Izquierdo could make his Brighton debut in their Premier League clash with Leicester City at the King Power Stadium on Saturday.

Hughton's side started their first top-flight campaign since 1983 with a 2-0 home defeat against Manchester City on Saturday.