Bafana Bafana international Lyle Foster has completed his permanent move to Westerlo in what his agent has confirmed is a record transfer for the Belgian outfit.
The forward spent the 2021/22 season on loan from Vitoria Guimaraes in Portugal and talks had been ongoing to allow the player to settle there on the long-term after helping Westerlo gain promotion to the Jupiler League.
“I’m delighted for Lyle that he has finally been able to put pen to paper on a new permanent deal at Westerlo. Lyle enjoyed his loan spell at the club and when the team gained promotion to the Belgian topflight the club made it clear that they wanted Lyle to remain with them on a permanent deal, which has finally come to fruition after extended negotiations between the respective parties,” his agent, Glyn Binkin of Football First, told SABC Sport.
— Lyle Foster (@lylefoster2000) May 13, 2022
It is a four-year contract, with a record fee paid for Foster, who joined Vitoria from French club Monaco two years ago for R20-million.
“Lyle enjoyed a successful loan spell at the club and felt at home in Westerlo so despite interest from a number of other topflight Belgian clubs, when Westerlo made their intentions clear for him to remain at the club on a permanent basis, he immediately told us that Westerlo would be his number one priority. We are thus delighted and thank the President and management for what is a record transfer for the club and Lyle has now signed a 4-year deal effective 01 July 2022,” added Binkin.
By Mazola Molefe