Foster set for R32m Monaco exit

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South Africa junior international striker Lyle Foster is closing in on a move from AS Monaco to LigaNos outfit Vitória de Guimarães in a deal worth a reported R32-million.

Foster joined the Ligue 1 giants from Orlando Pirates in January 2019 after his 18th birthday and went on a make his first-team debut under Leonardo Jardim eight months later, before a season-long loan at affiliate club Cercle Brugge.

His stint in the Jupiler Pro League and performances at youth level with South Africa earned him a nomination for the prestigious 2020 European Golden Boy award but he's set to leave the club in a bid for regular first-team football.

The arrival of former Bayern Munich head coach Niko Kovac as a replacement for Robert Moreno brought questions marks around Foster's future with the Croatian seeking the addition of Luka Jovic from Real Madrid on loan.

Austrian giants RB Salzburg and Fenerbache were said to have expressed interest but the Portuguese club has now agreed personal terms with the 19-year-old ahead of an expected transfer this week.

According to GetFrenchFootball, Foster has signed a five-year deal with the Portuguese top-flight club who finished seventh last season after Monaco accepted a reported €1.5-million bid for his services.

Should Foster complete his move subject to a routine medical, he will become the fourth South African to represent the club after Thibang 'Cafu' Phete, Bongani Zungu and Haashim Domingo.

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