Fulham are preparing to offer Ivory Coast international full-back Serge Aurier a two-year contract as Kevin Mbabu waits to see what other interest emerges in his services.
The former Tottenham defender was released by Villarreal, Fulham’s opponents in their final pre-season friendly at the end of July, last month and would be available on a free transfer. Marco Silva is keen to bring in a right back to compete with Kenny Tete after the Whites decided that Liverpool’s valuation of former loan star Neco Williams was too high.
Aurier made 110 appearances in two years at Spurs, scoring eight goals and adding seventeen appearances, and played 24 games for the Yellow Submarine. He was frequently troubled by injury at Estadio de la Cermica and was second choice to his former Spurs team-mate Juan Foyth. The Ivorian international, who won the 2015 African Cup of Nations, won the domestic treble with Paris Saint Germain in 2015 and 2016 in a trophy-laden spell in the French capital.
There is significant interest in the 29 year-old, with Atletico Madrid and Galasataray also reported to be table their own offers to the defender’s representatives but it is understood that Aurier is particularly interested in a return to the Premier League.