This weekend’s SW6 derby might become even spicier after the Evening Standard reports this morning that Chelsea are trying to lure young Fulham starlet Luke Harris to Stamford Bridge.
The seventeen year-old, on the bench for three of Fulham’s Premier League games so far this season, made his professional debut in last month’s League Cup defeat at Crawley Town. Harris, who is currently on a two-year scholarship at Craven Cottage, scored a superb hat-trick as Steve Wigley’s under 21s demolished a Chelsea side featuring several first-teamers at Kingsmeadow in August and that seems to have stirred the Blues’ hierarchy into making public their admiration for the Welsh under-19 international skipper.
Harris, tipped for a shock call up to Rob Page’s senior Welsh squad in the forthcoming international window, scored thirteen times in seventeen league appearances for Fulham’s under 23s last term at the age of just sixteen – as Wigley’s side stormed to the PL2 Division 2 title. He has yet to put pen to paper on a professional deal with the Whites but is believed to be happy at Fulham – especially after being integrated into the first-team squad by Marco Silva having impressed the head coach during an outstanding pre-season tour of Portugal.