Chris Coleman, the Fulham manager, hopes to make the PSV Eindhoven striker Mateja Kezman his next major signing if he can agree a fee with the Dutch club.
Coleman and his assistant, Steve Kean, watched the Serbian international score against Newcastle United from the penalty spot in PSV’s Uefa Cup quarter-final defeat on Wednesday, and he plans to bid for the 24 year old this summer.
Fulham have money to spend following the sale of Louis Saha to Manchester United, but are waiting for a sensible valuation on the striker. Reports from the Netherlands claim that Birmingham City have already offered £5m, but that is unlikely as Kezman only has a year left on his contract. Fulham might pay closer to £3m for Kezman, who would be interested in a move to the Premiership after a four-year spell in Eindhoven.
Mateja Kezman would be interested in a move to Fulham if they agree a deal with PSV Eindhoven.
The prolific striker wants to play in England next season and Chris Coleman is one of several Premiership managers who have been impressed by the 25-year-old.
Kezman has a better scoring record for PSV than Ruud van Nistelrooy did and his club want to cash in on the Serbia & Montenegro international – who is valued at above £6million – before his contract runs out next year.
Coleman hopes to buy a replacement for Louis Saha and has money to spend from the Frenchman’s £12.8m transfer to Manchester United. Kezman’s agent Chiel Dekker said: “Mateja would be happy to talk to Fulham.
“He needs a new challenge. He has shown he can score goals in Holland and wants to see if he can do it in the Premier League.”
Meanwhile, Dekker denied reports that Liverpool are lining up a bid for Kezman.
He added: “I cannot say he is a target for Liverpool.”