Fulham have rewarded Mika Biereth and Ibane Bowat professional contracts after their outstanding performances for the club’s under 18 side this season, according to the Athletic this morning.

Biereth has scored thirteen goals in sixteen league appearances for Fulham’s under 18s this term, notching hat-tricks against Aston Villa and Tottenham. The Motspur Park coaching staff are particularly pleased with his development and the forward has also made four appearances at under-23 level this season. The teenager, who moved to Craven Cottage in the summer of 2019, has attracted interest from Brighton and Hove Albion but Fulham are confident he will put pen to paper on a professional deal.

Bowat, a composed ball-playing centre back who has captained Steve Wigley’s side this year, has made twelve league appearances for the under-18s this season and earned a call-up to Scotland’s under 19 side earlier this year. He scored in this weekend’s 5-0 win over Norwich City. Arsenal, West Ham and Everton have all expressed in signing Bowat – as reported earlier this month – but Fulham have not received an official approach and believe they are in pole position to keep hold of one of their prized assets.