Fulham interested in Yusuf Yazici

Fulham are reportedly interested in Yusuf Yazici, with the Lille star free to leave the French side in this window.

According to Sun Sport, Fulham are interested in signing Yusuf Yazici in this window. The Turkey international has lost his place at Lille, which could prompt the French side to cash in on the attacking midfielder with the Cottagers and Nottingham Forest keen.

Fulham have been very busy in the past few weeks as Marco Silva finally gets his way regarding transfers. After winning the Championship and gaining automatic promotion into the Premier League, the biggest challenge for the Cottagers will be to avoid getting relegated from the top flight immediately after their return.

Silva is keen on strengthening several key areas of his squad. The London club remain in the hunt for players that would improve their prospects of remaining in the Premier League beyond next season. After the arrival of Joao Palhinha from Sporting CP, the Cottagers are closing in on Bernd Leno, who has been their top goalkeeping target.

Now, Silva is likely to focus on bringing in attacking reinforcements, with Manor Salomon also getting close to a move. The Cottagers are also looking for an attacking midfielder in this window to fill the void left by Fabio Carvalho’s exit, with several options mentioned.

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Yusuf Yazici is the latest to be linked with a move, as the Turkey international is free to leave Lille. The attacking midfielder played a big role in Les Dogues’ 2021 Ligue 1 triumph, but his form drastically faded since. Yazici was sent on loan to CSKA Moscow in January and has since returned to Lille for their pre-season.

However, with the French side enduring a disappointing season and finishing tenth in the table, they are willing to cash in on several players in this window. After the sale of Sven Botman and the likely departure of Renato Sanches in the coming days, Lille could look to part ways with Yazici. Fulham and Nottingham Forest have been interested in signing the Turkish international, who might come in cheap.

Lille see no future for the 25-year-old attacking midfielder and would like to cash in now and use the funds to bring in new players. They paid £15 million to Trabzonspor in August 2019, although they may not get such a fee for him in this window.

However, with Fulham closing in on Andreas Pereira on a three-year deal, it is difficult to see where Yazici might fit in. Silva may consider him as an option to add quality depth and be a competitive presence for Pereira in the attacking midfield slot.

Whether Fulham are serious about their pursuit is a question the next few weeks could answer. However, Yazici could be a smart addition to to Silva’s side as they gear up for a tough season ahead in the Premier League.

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