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Fulham have confirmed the signing of teenage striker Collins John from FC Twente.

The 18 year-old has signed a four-year deal with the London club and was unveiled to the home fans before Saturday’s 2-1 win over Tottenham Hotspur by his near namesake John Collins. John, who arrived in Holland as an asylum seeker from Liberia, scored 11 goals in 35 first-team appearances for Twente. The transfer fee is believed to be in the region of £600,000.

Speaking after the full time whistle, Fulham manager Chris Coleman said:

“He’s going to be a good player in the future. We’re not going to ask too much of him too soon and we know that we’ll need to protect him. We’ve got three strikers at the Club with a lot of experience in Brian McBride, Barry Hayles and Facundo Sava. With young Collins John in the squad, we’ve got a bit more strength in depth.”

FC Twente technical director Johan Plageman said:

Looking at the financial situation of FC Twente this transfer is a good thing. Playing-wise we regret the departure of Collins but we wish him the best of luck in England. We will not say anything about the transfer fee but the figures in the media between five and seven million euros are absolute nonsense. The transfer fee is considerably lower.”