Fulham are mulling a £12m move for Arsenal’s Calum Chambers, who starred on loan at Craven Cottage two seasons ago, according to the Sun.
The 25 year-old former England international was voted Fulham’s player of the season during their desperately disappointing last season in the Premier League, impressing when predominantly used as a defensive midfielder by Claudio Ranieri and current boss Scott Parker. The former Southampton defender is considering his future at Arsenal, having made just one appearance under Mikel Arteta before rupturing his cruciate, and it is thought that Chambers would be allowed to leave the Emirates as part of a reshaping of the Gunners defence.
Parker is known to be a keen admirer of Chambers’ work ethic, although his initial performances both at centre back and as a right back in a dreadful defeat by Cardiff were not impressive. His deployment in midfield turned his loan spell with the Cottagers around – and Chambers has previously spoken in glowing terms about his experiences on loan at Fulham. He scored twice, once against Brighton when his strike sparked a memorable comeback from 2-0 down and also in Parker’s first game in charge against Chelsea.
Chambers, who made 33 appearances for the Whites during his time on loan, is expected to be fully fit within a couple of weeks having stepped up his rehabilitation from injury over the course of the summer. It remains to be seen whether Fulham would make him one of their big-money signings, with defensive reinforcements believed to be Parker’s priority.