Clarets In Talks to Sign £14M Midfielder Seko Fofana From French Club Lens
Burnley Football Club have held talks with French side Lens over the possible £14M signing of highly rated midfielder Seko Fofana, who is also attracted interest from two other Premier League sides in Leeds United and Newcastle United. It remains to be seen if an offer of £14m would be enough to secure Fofana’s signature, given how integral he has been to Lens’ campaign this season.
Now that the Clarets have sold striker Chris Wood to relegation rivals Newcastle United for £25m they could be ready to pump that money back into improving Sean Dyche’s squad in a bid to beat the drop. Fofana, who wasn’t called up to Ivory Coast’s squad for the Africa Cup of Nations, could be sold in January should the right offer come in for him.
The former Manchester City youngster, who also had a spell at Fulham, was named as Ligue 1’s Player of the Month for September and currently has five goals from seventeen appearances for Lens this season. Fofana revealed Arsenal and France legend Patrick Vieira was a huge influence on his development and has drawn comparisons to fellow Ivorian Yaya Toure.
In an interview with the Manchester Evening News, Fofana said, ‘Patrick Vieira has helped me to progress every day. He was a big player in my position so his advice is excellent, he knows how to get the best out of a group and I think he has the quality required to become an outstanding coach.’