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Vossen Completes Clarets Move

7 July 2015

Burnley Football Club have today completed the signing of striker Jelle Vossen from Belgian Pro League side Koninklijke Racing Club Genk, subject to Football Assocation and Football League approval and international clearance.


The 26-year-old has put pen-to-paper on a three year deal after an undisclosed fee was previously agreed between the two clubs.


The Belgian international has spent his entire career with Genk and boasts a prolific goalscoring record that saw him net 105 times in 244 appearances during his time at the Cristal Arena.


In 2009, the striker spent a season on loan at Cercle Brugge in a move that saw Thomas Buffel move in the opposite direction, and scored eight goals in 21 appearances.


Nicknamed ‘The Magician’, Vossen is a league and cup winner from his time in his homeland and boasts sizeable international pedigree.


He has played in every level of the Belgium side since Under 15 and has now appeared 12 times for the senior international side, scoring twice, after making his debut in 2009.


In September 2014, Vossen joined Sky Bet Championship side Middlesbrough on a season-long loan and scored nine times in 40 appearances.


That included a stunning first-half hat-trick away at Millwall in December, and the Bilzen-born Belgian also netted to help Boro to a 1-2 first-leg victory over Brentford as they reached the Play-Off final.


When he concludes the deal, Vossen will become the first ever Belgian to pull on the Burnley shirt in a competitive game. The only other Belgian player to play for the Clarets was Dimitri De Conde, the current technical director at Genk, who played as a trialist in the Isle of Man tournament prior to the 2001/2002 season.


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