This morning’s newspapers suggest that Fulham are about to conclude a £10m deal to sign Herenveen’s exciting wingers Luciano Narsingh and Oussama Assaidi, who are both poised to sign five-year contracts with the Premier League club.
The Eredivisie side, who turned down several serious approaches from teams both in Holland and abroad for the pair during the January transfer window, have been forced to sell their two stars after both players confirmed that they wouldn’t be extending their contracts at Herenveen. With their deals due to expire next summer, Narsingh and Assaidi have generated great interest from across Europe.
Ajax are believed to be very keen on signing Narsingh, a Dutch under-21 international, who came up through their youth academy. According to reports in the Dutch press, Ajax are hoping to talk to Mino Raiola – the young winger’s agent next week – although a British tabloid claims that a deal to bring the versatile and pacey wide man to London is already in place. Narsingh, who was handed a first call-up to the Dutch senior squad by national team coach Bert van Marwijk for the February friendly against England at Wembley, scored twelve goals and made 22 more in 44 appearances for Herenveen this season. He is expected to be part of van Marwijk’s Euro 2012 squad even though he has yet to make his debut for the senior side.
Martin Jol has also moved quickly to finalise a deal to sign Narsingh’s Herenveen team-mate Assaidi, a Moroccan international who has had a big impact since joining the club from De Graafschap on the final day of the August 2009 transfer window. The 23 year-old left winger, who can also play up front, really shone in his first full season in the Eredivisie, scoring ten goals and adding fourteen assists, under new coach Ron Jans, whose influence is credited with ensuring that Assaidi rebuffed an approach from PSV Eindhoven. Aissadi scored ten goals in 23 league appearances this season as Herenveen finished fifth, just a point off qualifying for European football.
What these moves – should they go through – would mean for the Fulham future of Damien Duff as well as the first team chances of Kerim Frei and Alex Kacaniklic, so impressive in the second half of this campaign, remains to be seen.