Maxwel Cornet: Burnley sign Lyon’s Ivory Coast forward for £12.85m

Maxwel Cornet challenges Manchester City's Kevin de Bruyne for the ball
Cornet has four goals in three games for Lyon in Champions League ties against Manchester City – more than Burnley have manged in their last 10 games against the same side

Burnley have signed versatile Ivory Coast international Maxwel Cornet from Lyon for 15m euros (£12.85m).

The 24-year-old, who can play in attack or defence on either flank, has signed a five-year deal with the club.

The former France youth international scored 51 goals for Lyon in 252 games after joining from Metz in 2014.

He is the Clarets’ fourth summer signing after goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey, defender Nathan Collins and winger Aaron Lennon.

“I am excited to be joining Burnley in the Premier League and to play with and against many of the greatest players in the world,” Cornet said.

“I have developed the greatest respect for Burnley and what the club has done. I welcome the challenge of hard work and am fully committed to doing what I can to contribute. I look forward to what we can achieve.”

He will team up with the squad after the international break, when Ivory Coast play Mozambique and Cameroon in World Cup qualifiers.

“We’re delighted to have secured such a talented player with Champions League pedigree,” said Burnley chairman Alan Pace.

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