Bafana Bafana striker Lyle Foster is reportedly set to complete a sensational move to EFL Championship side Burnley in a record-breaking deal for a South African footballer.
Burnley have been in hot pursuit of the 22-year-old forward's signature, with Manchester City legend and The Clarets’ head coach Vincent Kompany believed to be desperate to sign Foster.
The Champions log-leaders saw an initial bid over €5 million rejected by Westerlo, who were reportedly just as desperate to keep Foster at least until the end of the season.
"We will see how the situation progresses in the coming weeks. In football, money can make a lot of difference. but initially, that interest [from Burnley] is a positive story for the club. The fact that there are now such teams interested in our players shows that a good job has been done here," Westerlo head coach was quoted by GVA last week.
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However, fresh reports coming out of Belgium suggest that the side has now accepted a second bid of €7 million for Foster and the striker could be a Burnley player by the end of January, subject to a successful medical.
With eight goals and four assists, Foster has been one of Westerlo’s key figures this season.
The astronomical fee, which could go as high €10 million would be highest amount ever paid for a South African footballer, topping a record held by Bafana’s all-time leading goal scorer Benni McCarthy, whom Celta Vigo forked out €6 million for in 1999.
It also would not be the first time Kompany works with a South Africa striker, having worked with Percy Tau during a brief spell with Anderlecht in 2020.
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