Fulham appear to be nearing a deal for AS Roma forward Justin Kluivert, with the 23-year-old believed to have given his thumbs-up to the move.
As per the Evening Standard, Marco Silva’s side are ‘edging closer’ to signing the promising Dutchman, with the winger having informed those at Craven Cottage that he is keen on the proposed switch.
However, the report does add that a full agreement has not yet been reached with the Serie A club, with the west Londoners’ latest offer said to be that of a loan deal which would include a £10m obligation to buy fee, should the player reach a certain number of appearances this season.
The arrival of the 5 foot 8 menace – who is the son of Dutch icon Patrick Kluivert – could well help to soften the blow of losing former Liverpool winger Harry Wilson, with the Welshman facing an extended period on the sidelines after suffering a knee injury in pre-season.
The 25-year-old had been integral to the club’s promotion push under Silva last season, scoring ten goals and providing a remarkable 20 assists in 41 league games for the Cottagers after joining on a £12m deal at the start of the campaign.
Losing such an integral figure – who registered by far the most assists in all competitions for the club last term – will have proven a real headache for the former Everton boss, with that only compounded by the subsequent loss of summer signing Manor Solomon to a long-term injury.
The absence of Wilson in particular will have disrupted Silva’s plans for the season, with the possible addition of Kluivert likely to go someway towards helping to bolster Fulham’s options on the flanks.
The £13.5m-rated gem initially bust onto the scene at Ajax as a teenager, scoring ten goals and providing 13 assists in 56 games for the Eredivisie outfit, with such form seeing him being dubbed a “sensation” by journalist Ronan Murphy.
Also labelled a “special talent” by Ryan Baldi, the Amsterdam native was subsequently snapped up by the Giallorossi in 2018, although has since spent the past two seasons out on loan after failing to really make his mark at the Stadio Olimpico.
That latest temporary spell in Nice proved particularly fruitful, though, as he netted six goals and provided seven assists in 31 games in all competitions for the Ligue 1 side, with the £60k-per-week gem clearly a player who can provide that creative touch in the final third.
Both a goal-getter and a provider – much like Wilson – the one-time RB Leipzig loanee could well be an ideal option to try and fill the void left behind by the stricken Welshman, with Fulham no doubt in desperate need of attacking reinforcements given the spate of injuries in that department.