Burnley are now close to agreeing a £12m deal to bring Westerlo striker Lyle Foster to Turf Moor, according to a new report.
The Lowdown: Burnley eyeing Foster
Journalist Sacha Tavolieri reported that Burnley were in advanced talks over a deal worth around £6.1m last week, a figure that was considered to be a ‘big sale’ for Westerlo, however the price has continued to rise.
Football Insider claimed that an £8m deal had been agreed earlier this week, after a breakthrough in talks, however it now appears as though the Clarets are set to spend far more to secure the signing of Foster.
The Latest: Closing in…
According to a report from The Daily Mail, Vincent Kompany’s side are now closing in on a £12m deal for the striker, with the manager keen to add some extra firepower to his attack.
It is detailed that the 22-year-old could even be involved in the FA Cup game against Ipswich Town on Saturday, should the paperwork be completed in time.
The Verdict: Solid signing
Burnley have opened an 18-point gap on third-placed Watford in the Championship, looking almost certain to return to the Premier League at the first attempt, so they are in no real need of making some additional signings to strengthen their promotion push.
However, the 22-year-old is clearly one for the future, with his performances this season indicating that he could be capable of making the step up to the English top flight next season, scoring eight and assisting four in the Jupiler Pro League this term.
While £12m is a steep amount for a player unproven outside of Belgium, the South African has been hailed as having ‘plenty of talent’ by journalist Joe Crann, and he will provide competition for the misfiring Ashley Barnes, who has scored just twice in the Championship this term.
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