Vossen set to sign for Clarets

Jelle Vossen. Phot: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire.
Jelle Vossen. Phot: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire.
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Striker Jelle Vossen is expected to be unveiled as Burnley’s second summer signing today.

The Clarets agreed a fee thought to be €3.5m – around £2.5m – with Genk on Saturday for the 26-year-old Belgium international, having had a €2m offer rebuffed on Friday.

The length of contract was to be confirmed at the time of going to press, but Vossen will link up with his new team-mates in France for their pre-season training camp in Evian-les-Bains, after putting pen to paper.

He had held talks in England last Tuesday, before returning to take part in Genk’s pre-season preparations – wading through a swamp on a team-bonding day on Friday.

But, he will now follow Matt Lowton into the club, with Sean Dyche moving to replace Danny Ings and Kieran Trippier, after their moves to Liverpool and Spurs, respectively.

On a busy weekend, it was also reported that Derby County had agreed a fee for Clarets skipper Jason Shackell – including Richard Keogh as a makeweight.

However, Shackell was expected to travel with Burnley to France, with such conjecture premature.

Derby remain keen to re-sign their former captain, who they sold to Burnley for just over £1m in 2012, having had an offer of up to £2m rebuffed last month.

Negotiations are ongoing, and, however, from Derby’s point of view, they feel progress is being made on the deal.

Dyche stated last month – as the sale of Trippier was going through – that any further outgoing deals would only happen at Burnley’s say-so, with no need to sell.

He said: “We’re in a different position than we were two and a half years ago, and there’ll be no point teams bidding for our players – it will be us that decides who goes out.

“It won’t be a case of clubs bidding and they just go.

“We’re too powerful now in the market.

“The only thing that will change is if I decide that changes.

“We’ve got players who are all under contract. I don’t think there’s a player at this club who is under threat under contract.

“We believe in contracts, we stay strong to our word about our players.

“It will be my decision if any of that changes.”

Dyche had been hoping to add two new signings before leaving for France, but was set to have to settle for one, in Vossen.

He has been linked with moves for Wigan Athletic midfielder Emyr Huws, Nottingham Forest wideman Jamie Paterson, Nakhi Wells of Huddersfield Town, and Brentford frontman Andre Gray – who new Burnley sporting director Frank McParland was instrumental in signing.

McParland said: “With Andre we did a lot of work at Brentford on the stats and probably watched him live in seven, eight or nine games. We did a lot of background checks and followed him for about two or three months every game and every week before making a decision on him.

“That one really worked out well. What a great kid with a good attitude. I like people who want to play football and work really hard. I like similar players to what the manager likes.

“We’re not going to bring people in who toss it off. We want players who are totally behind what we want to do.”

Burnley have also been linked with Everton striker Chris Long and Liverpool forward Jerome Sinclair – both on loan.

McParland helped sign Sinclair from West Brom in 2011, while bringing Long to Brentford on loan in January, scoring four goals in 10 appearances for the Bees in their play-off push.