Het Nieuwsblad are reporting that Westerlo are close to selling top scorer Lyle Foster for €11m plus bonuses to Burnley should the side be promoted to the Premier League.
This is far more than the reported €7m plus bonuses that had been mentioned by those close to the clubs in the past few weeks, as well as the €10m that the Belgian side had requested – 15% of the sale price will go to Foster’s former club Vitoria Guimaraes, which still leaves Westerlo with a substantial sum to reinvest in the current squad.
Foster has scored eight goals in 19 league matches for newly promoted Westerlo this season, as well as providing three assists. The striker joined Westerlo from Vitória Guimarães SC on a permanent deal in the summer of 2022, having been on loan with the Belgian side for the previous season. This is Foster’s second spell in Belgian football, having been loaned to Cercle Brugge by their parent club Monaco for the 2019/2020 season.
Burnley have already signed a large amount of players from the Belgian Pro League this season. Recently the Championship leaders picked up Sint-Truiden defender Ameen Al-Dakhil, having been unable to sign him in the summer.