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Fulham have launched a third bid for Swansea City skipper Matt Grimes as they try to conclude a deal before tonight’s transfer deadline, according to reports this afternoon.

The 26 year-old midfielder has been heavily linked with a Craven Cottage move all summer and reportedly is not willing to sign a new contract at the Liberty Stadium. He has a year to run on his current deal – but Swansea have rejected two previous Fulham offers and are believed to be holding out for an excess of £4m for the former England under-21 international.

Grimes, who has made 163 appearances for the Welsh side since joining Swansea six years ago, is widely regarded as one of the most consistent performers in the Championship. He was a key part of the Swansea side that reached the play-offs in successive seasons under former boss Steve Cooper, with the Swans losing in last season’s final to Brentford. Grimes has put the speculation surrounding his future to one side to start all of Swansea’s games so far this season.

Marco Silva is known to be looking for further additions in midfield, with Andre Frank Zambo Anguissa poised to seal a loan move to Napoli this afternoon.