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Fulham could hijack Southampton’s plans to sign Tottenham full-back Kyle Walker-Peters with a late move of their own, according to the Evening Standard.

The Saints are reportedly keen close to concluding a £12m deal to make Walker-Peters’ loan switch to the south coast permanent, but Fulham are considering joining the race to sign the former England under-21 international. The Whites are set to make defensive reinforcements a priority during the five weeks they have to supplement their squad before the start of the new Premier League season and right back is a position they would be keen to strengthen.

Fulham are known to be long-term admirers of the 23 year-old’s potential, having failed to bring Walkers-Peters to Craven Cottage on loan during the January transfer window. Instead, the Edmonton-born full back went to Southampton, where he made ten league appearances but the chance of working with Scott Parker and Matt Wells, who oversaw his development during their team at Tottenham’s academy, could prove tough to resist.

The attacking full-back will be keen to gain regular first-team football to further his career after making just twelve league appearances in five years at Tottenham. He was part of Paul Simpson’s England under-20 squad that won the World Cup in 2017.