European side willing 'take up the challenge' of late raid for Brighton player - report

Belgian side Royal Antwerp would be willing to “take up the challenge” of signing Brighton winger Jose Izquierdo before the transfer window closes.

Monday, 1st February 2021, 12:59 pm
Jose Izquierdo of Brighton & Hove Albion. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

According to Voetbal Belgie, the continental club are tracking the 28-year-old’s situation on the south coast, with his Albion future far from certain.

Izquierdo has yet to make an appearance in the Premier League this season, and his contract at the Amex is due to expire at the end of the campaign.

That looming deadline means that the Seagulls could risk losing him for nothing in the coming months if they decide against renewing his current deal.

The alternative would be to sell the winger this month, and Voetbal Belgie suggest that would be a preferable move for Graham Potter’s men.

Brighton paid around £13.5 million for the Colombian when they signed him from Club Brugge in 2017, and it is understood that Albion chiefs would ideally like to recoup at least some of that investment.

A separate report from Voetbal 24 suggested that the Seagulls will look for a fee of around £8.8 million, should they decide to sell.

In that instance, Royal Antwerp would be keen on offering him a return to Belgium, but they are not the only side said to be interested.

As detailed in Voetbal 24’s piece on the player, Club Brugge could look to swoop for their former asset too.

Izquierdo made 117 during his stint in Bruges, scoring 38 times and assisting 19 more.

His spell in England has been less fruitful, however, registering five goals and six assists in 53 outings.