Championship leaders Burnley have agreed to a €7 million deal for Bafana Bafana striker Lyle Foster, which would be a new South African record transfer.

Foster, 22, has impressed for Westerlo this season, scoring eight goals in 21 appearances – which impressed Burnley coach Vincent Kompany.

The former Manchester City defender was understood to be very keen to add Foster to his squad before the January window closes and now got his wish, as reported by Belgian journalist Sacha Tavolieri.

Both side’s have agreed to a €7 million (R130 million) deal which could rise to €10 million (R186 million), should the Clarets gain promotion to the Premier League.

Even the initial €7 million would be a new South African transfer record, breaking the previous one when Benni McCarthy moved from Ajax Amsterdam to Celta Vigo for €6 million (R111 million)

They currently sit in first place with 62 points, 18 points ahead of Watford in the first non-automatic promotion spot.

It’s an impressive campaign for Kompany so far, who took over at Turfmoor in the beginning of the season.

Only two years ago, Foster, then contracted to AS Monaco and on loan at Cercle Brugge, came up against the Manchester City legend in a league match as he featured in his final season in professional football in the Belgian top-flight for Anderlecht.

The Bafana international has since completed a permanent move to Westerlo after impressing during their promotion campaign last season while initially on loan.

This campaign, his first in the Belgian topflight, Foster has emerged as one of the leading talents in the Pro League, scoring eight goals and registering three assists in 14 games between August and November 2022.

Foster should also be able to get a work permit in England despite Bafana sitting outside of the top 50 FIFA ranked nations because he’s been a regular for Westerlo in the Belgian Pro League.

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