Fulham are considering a move for Austrian midfielder Peter Zulj, according to reports in the German press this weekend.
The Sturm Graz midfielder enjoyed an outstanding season, scoring ten goals and adding nineteen assists in his 42 appearances for the Black and Whites, who qualified for the Champions’ League after finishing as runners-up behind champions Red Bull Salzburg. Zulj also played a key role as Sturm Graz won the Austrian Cup, beating Salzburg 1-0 in the final after extra time.
His exploits have led to a surfeit of interest across Europe. Several German clubs are keen to take the 25 year-old midfielder, who made his international debut in a 4-0 win over Luxembourg in March, to the Bundesliga including Leverkusen, Hertha Berlin and Wolfsburg. Zulj had previously also been linked to Championship sides in the shape of Sheffield Wednesday and Queens Park Rangers.
But leading German tabloid Bild suggests Fulham have a serious interest in offering Zulj a route to the Premier League. Slavisa Jokanovic is seeking strong competition for the likes of Kevin McDonald, Stefan Johansen and Tom Cairney in the Cottagers’ midfield and the Rapid Vienna academy graduate would fit the bill – especially as he played most of the season in the defensive midfield role where the Whites currently have little cover. The German media claim that Graz value their star performer at around £3.5m – although they are unlikely to let him leave without a fight.