American starlet Danny Szetela is heading to England.
The 18-year-old is rated as one of the United States’ finest prospects and many in his homeland rank him alongside the precocious Freddy Adu.
Now he is set to train at Fulham next week, although he is currently feeling unwell which has seen a possible spell at Reading postponed.
The spell is not being classed as a trial, but Fulham could well be tempted to make an offer, should he impress – although like previously in his career there is no shortage of interest from elsewhere
After starring alongside Adu at the World Under-17 Championship in Finland in 2003, Szetela was trailed by some of Europe’s elite clubs with Manchester United, Internazionale, Everton and Manchester City all vying for his signature.
At one point it appeared Everton had convinced him his future would be best served on Merseyside, but instead Szetela was persuaded to start his professional life in the MLS.
He was put up in a nationwide draft which Columbus Crew won – but he is now being linked with a move to Europe and Fulham could very well be at the head of the queue, although a host of English clubs are known to be monitoring his situation.
Fulham were made aware of Szetela after they met The Crew during a pre-season friendly – the same match where Chris Coleman spotted recent signing Simon Elliott.