Lens to sign striker Loïs Openda from Club Brugge

L’Équipe report tonight that Club Brugge forward Loïs Openda has arrived in Lens ahead of his transfer, with the Belgian international set to sign a long-term contract with the Artois club after an agreement was found between the two clubs.

The Sang et Or club are set to complete a quick-fire double of signings, as Nottingham Forest goalkeeper Brice Samba has also arrived in town to undergo his medical ahead of a five-year contract.

Openda was recently called up by Roberto Martínez for the first time in last month’s international fixtures, and notably scored his first senior goal for Belgium in a 6-1 thrashing of Poland in the Nations League.

The 22-year-old’s arrival could be seen as an admission on Lens’ part that they will not be able to hold on to PSG man Arnaud Kalimuendo for a third season on loan, with Openda having a similar profile as a forward – he is able to play both centrally and out wide on the left.

Openda spent the last two seasons out on loan at Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem, where he has scored 10 and 18 league goals respectively. Marc Mechenoua of Goal France reports that the transfer fee will be close to €10m.

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