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Seri seeks Galatasaray return

Reports from Turkey suggest that Fulham midfielder Jean Michael Seri is keen to return to Galatasaray.

The Ivory Coast international has endured a disastrous three seasons at Fulham since his big-money move from Nice in 2018. The Whites were relegated in his first season at Craven Cottage and he spent the following year on loan with Galatasaray, where he played 37 games and scored twice. Seri made just two appearances under Scott Parker the following year – including an underwhelming display in a League Cup hammering at Brentford – before joining Bordeaux on loan last January, where he made thirteen appearances.

Seri has reportedly conveyed to Galatasaray that he is eager to play under Fatih Terim once again and hopes to reprise his loan move to Istanbul. The 29 year-old has a year left on his Fulham contract and it seems unlikely that he will feature in Marco Silva’s Championship plans for the forthcoming season.

Galatasary offer Babel for free in order to loan Seri

Galatasary have offered Fulham the services of their former winger Ryan Babel for free if they can extend Jean Michael Seri’s loan for another year, according to reports in Turkey.

Turkish newspaper Sozcu suggests that Fatih Terim is eager to keep Seri, who endured a distinctly underwhelming season at Craven Cottage after signing from Nice for around £25m, at the Turk Telekom Stadium after the Ivorian international impressed during his loan spell. The midfielder made 37 appearances, scoring two goals, as Galatasary finished sixth in the Turkish Super League and Terim is keen to build his midfield around the 29 year-old.

The Turkish giants don’t have the funds to sign Seri permanently, who is expected to return to pre-season training at Motspur Park on Monday, so they have proposed another season-long loan with Ryan Babel, who is surplus to Terim’s requirements, heading in the other direction. The Dutch winger, now 33, enjoyed an excellent brief spell with the Whites, scoring five times in sixteen appearances, before leaving after Scott Parker’s side were relegated from the top flight. Babel hasn’t impressed with Galatasaray – he was loaned out to Ajax for the second half of last season – and is seeking first-team football to boost his chances of making the Holland squad for the delayed European Championships this summer.

Fulham eager to bring Babel back

Fulham have opened discussions with Galatasaray over bringing Ryan Babel back to Craven Cottage, according to reports from Turkey.

The former Liverpool winger enjoyed a successful short-term spell with Fulham when he joined from Besiktas in January 2019, scoring five goals in sixteen games, but his exploits were not enough to prevent the Whites from an immediate return to the Championship. The Dutch international subsequently signed for Galatasaray but endured a difficult start to his career with the Turkish giants and was loaned out to former club Ajax for the second half of the season.

Galatasaray’s failure to qualify for Europe means they are likely to trim their squad of some of their highest wage earners and Babel’s agent has been in touch with a number of potential suitors, according to media reports. The 33 year-old would bring significant top flight experience to Fulham’s squad, having made 146 appearances in four years with Liverpool, and has spoken positively of his time in London. He featured impressively during Scott Parker’s caretaker tenure towards the end of the 2018-2019 season – but it remains to be seen whether the Whites can complete a deal.

Dembele in talks with Galatasaray

Reports in Turkey suggested that Fulham striker Moussa Dembele was deep in talks with Galatasaray over a move to the club this summer.

Fotospor is just one of many sources in Turkey that reported the news that Gala had met with the Cottagers’ player and come to an agreement.

The French striker is out of contract at the end of the month and has been linked with plenty of teams, but it seemed Gala had become the front-runners for his signature.

Now reports are suggesting an announcement is due this week, as Dembele agreed a salary of €1.75 (£1.4) million a year to join the club – equating to around £27k-a-week.

The report from Haberler suggests that Fulham were not originally willing to spend such a fee on the player but decided to splash out to beat English clubs to his signature.

This will of course come as bad news to Fulham – who will not receive any compensation for the player as he is heading to a foreign club.

The talented French striker played 46 times for Fulham in 2015-16, scoring 17 goals.

Galatasaray keen on Mitroglou

Galatasaray are interested in Fulham striker Kostas Mitroglou, according to reports from Turkey, as they look to replace Didier Drogba.

The Turkish giants are believed to be ready to pay up to £11million for the Greek frontman who was a complete flop at Craven Cottage following his club record £12million capture from Olympiakos.

Mitroglou endured a nightmare five months in London as injuries restricted him to just three appearances as the Whites dropped out of the Premier League.

Inter Milan have also been credited with an interest in the 26-year-old striker but he is refusing to discuss his plans as he now has his mind focused on the upcoming World Cup in Brazil.

Galatasaray are on the lookout for a powerful striker to replace Drogba who is leaving Istanbul after two seasons with the club.