South African international Lyle Foster has joined English side Burnley for an undisclosed fee. He will play under the management of Vincent Kompany.
The Clarets are currently top of the English Championship table. They seem destined to return to the Premier League next season.
A place that striker Lyle Foster will be dreaming of playing in.
“Burnley Football Club are delighted to announce the signing of South African international Lyle Foster from Belgian side K.V.C. Westerlo for an undisclosed fee.” The club announced.
“The 22-year-old striker has penned a four-and-a-half-year deal at Turf Moor and becomes the Clarets’ third signing of the January transfer window.
“Soweto-born Foster began his career with Orlando Pirates, rising through the academy ranks and going onto feature 11 times for the first team. Foster earned himself a move to Ligue 1 with AS Monaco in January 2019.
“The 6ft 2in forward then joined top-flight Belgian side Cercle Brugge on a season-long loan from Monaco, making 18 appearances before the season was cut short in March 2020 due to the Covid pandemic.”
Although the fee is undisclosed, it is rumoured to be around 7 million Euros, which could rise to 10 million Euros with add-ons. This would make him the most expensive South African ever.
“Foster made the switch to Portuguese club Vitoria SC in August later that year, before joining Westerlo on loan for 2021-22 campaign.
“Following a successful loan spell Foster joined Westerlo on a permanent deal last summer. After scoring eight goals this season and assisting three, Foster becomes Vincent Kompany’s third signing this month.
“Internationally, the attacker has represented his native country from U17-U23 level and has since racked up nine senior caps.” The statement read.
He has already begun training with his new side. Burnley Confirm the Signing of South African International Lyle Foster!