You wait for one Brighton transfer record story and then two almost come along at once – although I think that is how the popular adage goes. Only as recently as Monday had they just broken their transfer record after the signing of Davy Propper (Nawty) from PSV Eindhoven.
But that £6m outlay to the Dutch outfit has now been dwarfed by the second club record signing in less than a week. That is because the club are now set to add Colombian winger Jose Izquierdo to their ranks from Belgian side Club Brugge for a fee of £13.5m
Leicester fans may well be familiar with the name as the player scored against them in the Champions League last season and Brighton boss Chris Hughton will be looking for more of the same when the 25 year old is tested in the Premier League.
This will be positive news to Brighton fans as it is further proof that club owner Tony Bloom is prepared to back his manager in the transfer market in a bid to stay away from the drop zone with over £25m spent on three signings over the course of this transfer window.
In addition to the capture of both Propper and Izquierdo, the EFL Championship runners-up from last season have also added signed Mathew Ryan from Valencia for £5m. After the departure of David Stockdale after a refusal to sign a new contract the Australian Ryan has been tasked with filling the void in between the goalposts.
Gary Neville will know of Brighton’s new ‘keeper very well as it was he who he trusted with the gloves during his ill fated stint at The Mestalla back in the 2015/16 campaign. Although in all fairness it is probably a period of time he will want to forget.
This signing will however raise questions in Newcastle, not because they were particularly after this player but because Brighton and Huddersfield continue to spend more money than last season’s Championship winners. If this trend continues then Rafa Benitez’s job this season may be made even tougher.
For Brighton though they will just focus on what they are doing and Chris Hughton will no doubt be pleased with this new signing with the former Tottenham man quoted as saying:
“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,”