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Fulham have made an offer to bring Levante centre back Chema Rodriguez to Craven Cottage, according to reports in Spain.

The physical 27 year-old defender, who can also play at right back, has apparently already admitted his interest in a potential move to England and has been a long-term target of Fulham’s director of football operations, Tony Khan. Chema, who came through the Elche youth system, spent a couple of seasons with Atletico Madrid’s second string and has impressed during three years with Levante.

The 6ft 2in defender helped The Frogs return to the Spanish top flight at the first time of asking, scoring three goals in 33 appearances, as Levante won the league title with 84 points. He has continued to shine in La Liga as his side comfortably avoided relegation over the past two seasons, scoring three goals in his 45 top flight appearances.