Fulham have confirmed the capture of attacking midfielder Neeskens Kebano from Genk for a fee believed to be around £3.8m this afternoon.
The Congolese midfielder, who can play in a number of positions including attacking midfield and on the wing, completed a medical earlier this week but played for twelve minutes as a substitute in Genk’s Europa League qualifier last night due to an injury crisis at his former club. Fulham had agreed a deal with the Belgian side that will see the Whites pay an additional £500,000 should they win promotion from the Championship.
Kebano, named by his father after the legendary Dutch midfielder Johann Neeskens, came through the same Clairefontaine youth academy that produced former Fulham striker Louis Saha and was nurtured by the youth set up at Paris Saint-Germain, before being loaned to Caen and moving on permanently to Charleroi, where he first shot to prominence as a regular scorer in Belgian football. The 24 year-old helped Genk finish fifth and qualify for continental competition, scoring four goals in 26 league appearances in his only season with the club.
Kebano has signed a three-year contract with Fulham with the club retaining an option for a further year’s extension.