Burnley will have to up their bid for Lens midfielder Seko Fofana ‘considerably’ if they wish to sign him this month.

That’s according to L’Equipe, who say the offer is unlikely to convince the French side to sell one of their star men.

We covered a report from journalist Cedric Rablat yesterday that stated Burnley had made a €17m bid for Fofana, who has been a star player for Lens this season.

He did not make it clear whether the bid would be accepted or if the player was keen, but we speculated that Lens wouldn’t sell, and the player was unlikely to jump at the chance.

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L’Equipe say that is very much the case today, reporting that Burnley have ‘launched an attack’ on Fofana with a €17m bid.

That, though, is ‘unlikely to succeed’, and the Premier League side will have to ‘raise their offer considerably’ to have any chance of making the player and Lens directors question their decision.

Turf Moor, on paper, is not a destination that makes Fofana ‘dream’, and he does not see himself moving during the January transfer window.

That is unless there is an ‘exceptional offer’ from a club ‘better equipped’ to compete at the top end of the Premier League, something Burnley, who are currently 18th, are not.