Fulham have taken Bosnian teenager Edis Smajic on trial from FK Sloboda Tuzla after watching him closely towards the end of last season.
The 18 year-old attacking midfielder is widely considered to one of Bosnia’s most promising talents in many years. He made his debut for Sloboda Tuzla aged just seventeen, coming on as a substitute in a goalless draw against NK Metalleghe-BSI, and was slowly integrated into the first team for the reminder of the season. Smajic, a classy ball player with an eye for goal, enjoyed a breakout season last year, scoring seven goals in 32 appearances as Sloboda finished tenth in the Bosnian top flight.
Fulham’s status as a Premier League club and their reputation for giving youth a chance meant that Smajic, who has been first tracked into the Bosian under-21 side after impressing at the younger age groups, was eager to make a move to England to try and earn a senior contract. The Londoners appear to have seen off rumoured interest from a Dutch top-flight outfit and will now run the rule over Smajic during the next week. He arrived at Motspur Park yesterday to begin training with Fulham’s under-19 and under-23 squads and the Whites would have to pay upwards of £500,000 if they decide to pursue a permanent deal.