Fulham are interested in taking St Etienne midfielder Ole Selnaes on loan, according to a Sunday Mirror article.
The Whites have contacted the French club to enquire about a season-long loan arrangement for the Norwegian international, although St Etienne are apparently keener on a permanent transfer. The 6ft 2in holding midfielder has won countless plaudits in France since moving from Rosenborg two years ago and has sixteen international caps to his name.
The son of the former Rosenborg goalkeeper Ivan Selnaes, the defensive-minded midfielder is a powerful runner who reads the game excellently and has a strong left foot. He starred for Rosenborg’s junior side before penning a professional deal in 2012 and quickly became an established member of the first-team side. The 24 year-old won the Norwegian double in 2015 and was named the Tippeligaen Player of the Year.
He has made 71 appearances in his two seasons with St Etienne, although the French side are open to selling Selnaes as he has just two years to go on his current contract. Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic highlighted the need for quality back-up to Scottish international Kevin McDonald following yesterday’s friendly with Celta Vigo and the intelligent midfielder might just fit the bill. It remains to be seen if the two clubs can strike an agreement over the terms of a possible transfer before Thursday’s English transfer deadline.
On the basis that we need more defensive cover he would be a good asset. Loans will probably be the solution given the time shortage.