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Fulham want to swoop for Werder Bremen defender Ludwig Augustinsson over the coming weeks, according to a Daily Mirror report.

The Whites’ pursuit of the Swedish left-back is held up by the fact that Augustinsson is currently on World Cup duty in Russia and is delaying a decision on his future until he reports back to Bremen after the tournament. Fulham had initially sought to take Southampton left back Matt Targett on another season-long loan but those hopes appear to have been dashed by the Saints desire to hold on to Targett and loan out Sam McQueen next season.

Augustinsson, who made 33 appearances for Bremen last season and scored a single goal, has only been in Germany since last summer after ending a successful two-year spell with Copenhagen, where he won back-to-back Danish titles and three Danish Cups. The attack-minded full-back, who was converted from a midfielder at the age of eleven, is a set-piece specialist and was considered one of the stars of the 2015 European Under-21 championship, which Sweden won.

The 24 year-old, who had featured on Liverpool’s radar before they brought in Andy Robertson from Hull, has won fourteen caps for his country and was previously named in the Swedish squad for the disappointing Euro 2016 campaign, but played second fiddle to Martin Olsson. Augustinsson has three years to run on his current Werder contract and is rumoured to be valued at around £7m by the German outfit. He has previously been linked with a move to West Ham.