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Fulham are in talks with Standard Liege over a potential deal to sign defensive midfielder Ibrahima Cisse, according to reports from Belgium this morning.

The powerful midfielder of Ghanaian descent has only been at Standard since the summer after signing from KV Mechelen for a fee of around £750,000 in July. Cisse, who has quickly impressed the Standard fans since his introduction into the side, has made 15 first team appearances, scoring a single goal. That strike came against Panathinaikos in the group stages of the Europa League.

Standard are open to selling some of their leading young talents in order to finance incoming transfers this month. Cisse would represent serious competition for Kevin McDonald and veteran Scott Parker at the base of Slavisa Jokanovic’s midfield. The 22 year-old is highly rated on the continent and it would be a real coup were Fulham able to complete a deal to bring him to Craven Cottage. The Championship club would have to pay significantly more than what Standard did in the summer to secure his services – the Belgian side’s asking price is thought to be around £2m.