Kirkcaldy-born footballer becomes most expensive Scottish player in history

A Kirkcaldy-born footballer has become Scotland's most expensive player in history after being sold for £13 million.

Monday, 29th August 2016, 12:43 pm
Updated Monday, 29th August 2016, 1:49 pm
Oliver Burke (right) in action for Nottingham Forest. Picture: Bruce Rollinson

Oliver Burke, who moved to England at a young age, completed his transfer from Nottingham Forest to German side Red Bull Leipzig yesterday.

A number of big clubs in the UK and Europe had been monitoring the 19-year-old, who will now ply his trade in the Bundesliga.

Burke joined Forest’s youth academy at the tender age of eight, before making his first team debut in September 2014.

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He went on to make 25 appearances for the Championship side, scoring six times, including one in Saturday’s 3-1 win over Leeds United.

Burke made his Scotland debut in a friendly win against Denmark in March, and is included in Gordon Strachan’s squad to face Malta in the opening World Cup qualifier this weekend.

The fee surpasses the £12m Aston Villa paid Fulham for Scottish striker Ross McCormack earlier this month.