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Fulham in talks with Belgian youngster

Fulham are tipped to sign Junior Malanda

By | 24th July 2013
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Fulham have joined Arsenal and Everton in a race to sign 18-year old midfielder Junior Malanda on a free transfer. After almost joining the Cottagers last January on a £5 million fee, a deal looks to be close for the young Belgian, who flew into London earlier this week to begin talks with the club, reports The Daily Mail.

Since breaking his contract with SV Zulte-Waregem out of the Jupiler Pro League, the young defensive midfielder has drawn a host of interest from Premier League sides. Admittedly the player was no longer interested in playing in his home country and is looking for a bigger challenge.

“I broke my contract with Zulte in order to pursue better options for my career in a bigger league, like the Premier League or Bundesliga. My aim is to play in England or Germany, and I hope that now happens,” Malanda said to reporters, according to The Daily Mail.

Martin Jol has been looking for reinforcements for the upcoming season and with the help of new owner, Shahid Khan, has already brought in four new faces this summer with Malanda hopefully adding to that tally. Malanda would join former Roma goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg, Spanish center back Fernando Amorebieta, and other defensive midfielder Derek Boateng as ammunition to help fire the top-ten hopeful side into European competition.

Bargain hunters Arsenal and Everton have also shown interest in the young anchor man, who would not only cost little to nothing but are both in need of cover at his position. Everton could still lose Belgian defensive midfielder Marouane Fellaini, who has been heavily rumored with a transfer away from Goodison Park this summer. Arsenal, who have also been linked with Fellaini, are also in desperate need of a holding midfielder after being forced to use Mikel Arteta as a deep lying playmaker for most of last season due to a shortage at the position.

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