Swansea City defender Jazz Richards has admitted that a permanent move to Fulham is a possibility but insists that his international commitments have been his first priority in the past week.
The full-back starred during Wales’ 1-0 win over Belgium in Cardiff on Friday night and could be tempted to leave Swansea, where he has played his football since he left school, in order to enhance his international prospects as Chris Coleman’s side close in on qualifying for Euro 2016. Richards, who has struggled for first-team football at the Liberty Stadium, has previously conceded that he could look elsewhere for regular game time and has spoken glowingly about how he enjoyed a loan spell at Craven Cottage towards the end of the season.
Fulham have had an offer believed to be in the region of £500,000 accepted for the 24 year-old, although two Premier League clubs have reportedly registered their interests after Richards’ exploits in keeping the likes of Eden Hazard quiet on Friday night. Speaking to the South Wales Evening Post, Richards denied that Fulham boss Kit Symons, who has stepped down as Coleman’s assistant, had used his national team position to make the close for a move to London.
I loved it at Fulham when I was there, they’re a great group of lads. Maybe it is an option, we’ll just have to wait and see.
There are rumours, but I’ve not really looked into it too much. Last week I was with the Welsh team so I was concentrating on that. Now the Wales game is over maybe I can look into that and see what’s going on.
It’s not been brought up with Kit. He is professional in what he does so we didn’t really speak about it last week.
Richards made fourteen appearances for Fulham during a loan spell with the Championship club during the second half of last season and has previously been linked with the likes of QPR and Derby.