- Lyle Foster the 17-year-old Orlando Pirates and Bafana Bafana star has flown out to France for a second round of assessments ahead of a possible deal with AS Monaco
- Foster will join AS Monaco on its pre-season tour of China as part of an extended trial of around 10-weeks
- Due to FIFA regulations, the young star will not be allowed to sign a deal with Monaco until he turns 18 in September
The future looks bright for 17-year old Orlando Pirates and Bafana Bafana striker Lyle Foster. The youngster flew to France on Sunday to join AS Monaco for a second more intense round of assessments by the club.
Foster will spend the next 10-weeks with Monaco as the club embarks on a pre-season tour of China. The trail will give the club’s technical, medical, public relations and management teams the opportunity to conduct an in-depth assessment of Foster.
Foster has already spent time with the club, having joined the reserve team for a short spell last November. Regardless of how the trial goes Foster is expected to return to Orlando Pirates after the trial period.
Briefly.co.za gathered that even if Monaco decide to offer Foster a deal (which seems likely at this point) he cannot legally sign a deal with the club due to a FIFA regulation.
Sport24.com reported that according to current regulations players under the age of 18 are not permitted to sign deals with foreign clubs. This means Foster will only be able to join Monaco after 3 September this year.
Any proposed deal would therefore probably take place during the January 2019 transfer window.
Foster has impressed fans and experts alike with his skills at both club and international level. He played nine PSL matches last season and even managed to score a goal in one of those matches.
If Foster does make the move to Monaco he will join Keegan Dolly and Bongani Zungu as another South African playing in the French premier league.
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