Fulham have reached an agreement with Marseille midfielder Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa over a move to the Premier League, according to reports in France this morning.
The Whites held extensive talks with the Cameroonian international and his representatives and have agreed a long-term contract with the holding midfielder. It is believed that the fee for the 22 year-old will be in the region of £26m and Anguissa will have a medical in Marseille later today.
The powerful midfielder, who has won eleven caps for his country, has enjoyed a whirlwind two years in the south of France after being brought in from Reims. He was a key part of the Marseille side that reached last season’s Europa League final – where they were beaten by Atletico Madrid – and has told the French press that he has carefully modelled his game on that of former Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure.
The deal was struck after head coach Slavisa Jokanovic made clear he needed another defensive midfielder to challenge Scottish international Kevin McDonald, one of Fulham’s key players in their promotion from the Championship, as they prepare to return to the top flight this season. It follows Fulham’s breaking of their transfer record to bring in Ivorian international Jean-Michael Seri from Nice earlier in the summer.
Bristol City full-back Joe Bryan is having a medical this morning ahead of his proposed move to Fulham.
The 24 year-old defender looks set to become Slavisa Jokanovic’s latest signing of a busy summer after having a dramatic change of heart last night. Bryan was poised to join Aston Villa for around £6m and had travelled to Birmingham to undergo a medical with the Championship side, before Fulham entered the bidding and offered him a shot at the Premier League. The left back reportedly pulled out of the deal and headed to London to meet with the Whites.
Jokanovic has identified the recruitment of a new left back as pivotal to Fulham’s Premier League prospects as it would allow teenage sensation Ryan Sessegnon to line up as a left winger. Fulham switched their attention to Bryan, one of their early summer targets, after failing to tempt Southampton into selling Matt Targett, who spent the second half of last season on loan at Craven Cottage.
Bryan, who has made more than 200 appearances for Bristol City and scored in their famous League Cup quarter-final win over Manchester United last season, is an attack-minded full back who will fit Jokanovic’s system. Fulham are likely to be busy on deadline day with Spanish goalkeeper Sergio Rico set to arrive on loan from Sevilla and talks ongoing between the club and Marseille midfielder Andre Zambo Aguissa.
Marseille midfielder Andre Zambo Anguissa has flown to London to hold talks with Fulham over a possible £25m transfer deadline day move, according to the Daily Mail.
The Cameroon international has been linked with a transfer to a number of European clubs after emerging as one of Europe’s brightest midfield talents since making his breakthrough at Marseille. The 22 year-old established himself in Les Olympiens’ first team during an excellent 2016/2017 and then was a key part of the side that reached the Europa League final last term, where they lost to Atletico Madrid.
The defensive midfielder, who has won eleven caps for his country, made 36 league appearances last season as Marseille finished fourth in Ligue 1. He credits his club coach Rudi Garcia for gradually turning him into more of a box-to-box midfielder and his rampaging style has been described by L’Equipe as being made for the Premier League. Anguissa, who counts former Manchester City Yaya Toure as among his heroes and has admitted that he would be attracted by the prospect of playing in England.
Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic has highlighted the anchor role in midfield as an area where the club need reinforcements – reminding the press after last Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Celta Vigo that he does not have a top quality understudy for Scottish international Kevin McDonald. Capturing Anguissa would continue the newly-promoted club’s eye-catching summer transfer window, which has already seen them surprise most of Europe by swooping for Nice midfielder Jean-Michael Seri.
Fulham have made a dramatic late attempt to hijack Bristol City full back Joe Bryan’s impending move to Aston Villa, according to reports this evening.
The 24 year-old left back had undergone a medical with Villa this afternoon and looked set to complete a rumoured £6m move to the Midlands, but the Premier League new boys have placed that transfer in jeopardy by tabling an offer of their own this evening. The Bristol Post says that Fulham’s approach has been rejected by Bristol City, but that the Whites may come in with another offer and that City are willing to wait until the dying embers of the transfer window in order to secure the best deal for their defender.
Slavisa Jokanovic is desperate to bring a left back to Craven Cottage in the closing hours of the summer window to allow Ryan Sessegnon to line up on the left wing when the Londoners kick off their season against Crystal Palace on Saturday. Bryan, who enjoyed an outstanding season with Bristol City in the Championship last term, has been on Fulham’s radar all summer and the Cottagers appear to have returned with interest after their attempts to lure Matt Targett away from Southampton have floundered.
Bryan, an attack-minded full back of the kind that is in vogue in the modern game, scored seven goals in 48 appearances last season as the Reds reached the League Cup semi-finals – famously scoring the first goal as Manchester United were beaten in the last eight tie at Ashton Gate. He has made 229 senior appearances since coming through the City academy and helped the club win both the League One title and the Football League Trophy in 2014/2015.
Fulham vice chairman Tony Khan has dismissed speculation of a deadline day exit for Ryan Sessegnon, tweeting that the club has no intention of selling the teenage left winger.
Khan, who is also the club’s director of football operations, tweeted in response to feverish speculation surrounding Sessegnon’s future:
Fulham are still intending to strengthen their squad before tomorrow’s transfer deadline. The Whites are reportedly close to bringing in Sevilla goalkeeper Sergio Rico on loan and have made an offer for Celta Vigo captain Hugo Mallo. It is rumoured that they are considering returning with a further bid for Southampton left back Matt Targett, who spent the second half of last season on loan at Craven Cottage.