Bart Verbruggen is expected to undergo medical examinations at Burnley on Wednesday as the Anderlecht goalkeeper closes in on a 4 million move to the Championship club, according to Belgian publication Le Soir.
Vincent Kompany handed a then-18-year-old shot-stopper his senior debut in the Jupiler League, the player and coach look set to reunite in Lancashire.
Burnley will pay an initial $4 million for Verbruggen, which is a testament to his abilities as a teenager with only a handful of first-team appearances. It's safe to assume Kompany sees something quite different in Verbruggen, then, although it is unclear whether or not he will be named immediately as Burnley's new number one.
Newcastle United and Nottingham Forest have lost both goalkeepers Nick Pope and experienced back-up Wayne Hennessey, leaving Will Norris and Bailey Peacock-Farrell as the only goalkeepers on the Clarets' books for next weeks Championship opener against Huddersfield Town, which has lost out in the play-offs.
Verbruggen will undergo medical testing at Burnley before becoming the eighth player to join Belgium's Jupiler League following Josh Cullen and Samuel Bastien.
Maxime Delanghe, a former youth teamer at Anderlecht, has been brought back to the club by PSV Eindhoven as a Verbruggens substitute.
As things stand, Kompanys' attention will turn to reinforcements at the other end of the pitch. Jay Rodriguez, Ashley Barnes, and the crocked Matej Vydra are all options for Burnleys' centre-forward.
Jackson Muleka to Besiktas has been missed out on, while Makhtar Gueye's move for the Clarets looks unlikely. Despite the fact that the KV Oostende target man would like to work under Kompany at Turf Moor.
Gueye, who likens his style to that of AleksandrMitrovic, says, "I've been mentioned (at Burnley." But let's see if that becomes reality."
Kompany, a distinguished former player, wrote to me after our match last year against Anderlecht. I've learned a lot tactically.
I think that the physical Championship would work for me as a big striker with a lot of duel power.