Albion are on course to smash their transfer record for the second time in a week with the capture of tricky Colombian left-winger Jose Izquierdo from Belgian club FC Brugge.

There are still hurdles to overcome, notably securing a work permit for the diminutive 25-year-old.

But The Argus understands the deal, if the Seagulls pull it off, will be worth around £13.5 million.

The Premier League newcomers shattered their transfer record on Monday with the £10 million signing of Dutch midfielder Davy Propper from PSV Eindhoven.

That eclipsed the £5.2 million paid in June for Valencia's Australian international goalkeeper Mathew Ryan.

The 5ft 7ins Izquierdo helped Brugge finish runners-up in the Belgian Pro League last season with 14 goals in 28 games.

His sparkling form earned him his first call-up to the national team for the June friendlies against Spain and Cameroon.

Izquierdo started his career in Colombia with Deportivo Pereira and Once Caldas.

Albion also have Ghana striker Raphael Dwamena from Swiss side FC Zurich on their radar in a potential £8 million swoop.

The lanky 21-year-old scored 30 goals in 38 games last season for Austrian club Lustenau and Zurich, who were promoted back to the Super League.

Albion's moves for Izquierdo and Dwamena continue the recruitment pattern of exploiting the European market for better value than in England.

As well as Ryan and Propper, Pascal Gross and Marks Suttner were both signed from German club FC Ingolstadt.

The only domestic newcomer so far is Izzy Brown, on loan from Chelsea.