Fulham are planning an audacious summer move for Stefan Johansen after talks over his new Celtic contract broke down, according to a report in this morning’s Daily Express.
The Norwegian international has been unable to reach agreement with the Scottish giants over the terms of a proposed new deal and, with a year left on his current contract, the 25 year-old midfielder could be available for a cut-price £2m. Johansen’s formed tailed off badly during the dying embers of Ronny Deila’s final season at Parkhead, but the 2014-2015 Scottish Player of the Year hasn’t been short of admirers since moving to Scotland, with the likes of Aston Villa and several Bundesliga sides previously being keen on signing him.
The Express claims that Fulham – aiming to spend big this summer to fuel a potential promotion push – would be able to offer a more attractive financial deal to the former Strømsgodset man than any that would be on the table at Celtic, whose new manager Brendan Rodgers is currently assessing the squad he has been bequeathed. Johansen, who won the Norwegian title with Strømsgodset in 2013, has made 113 appearances for the Glasgow side, scoring thirteen goals.