Fulham defender Maxime Le Marchand is edging closer to a departure from Craven Cottage.
That’s according to a report by French media outlet Le 10 Sport, who claim that the 31-year-old is closing in on a move to Ligue 1 side Strasbourg, who have offered the centre-back a two-year deal.
The report goes on to state that the Frenchman should put pen to paper on his contract at the French side in the coming days, ending his three-year spell in west London.
Having joined Fulham from OGC Nice alongside Jean-Michael Seri back in 2018, a deal which is reported to have cost Slavisa Jokanovic’s Cottagers side £3.6m, it would be a difficult argument to make that the defender ever truly lived up to his price tag.
Indeed, despite having spent three years at Craven Cottage, the Frenchman made just 48 appearances for the club, the majority of which came during his first season in west London, when he made 26 appearances in the Premier League.
Over these fixtures, the man Tony Kahn dubbed a “valuable” asset failed to impress, helping his side keep a mere three clean sheets, as well as losing possession of the ball an average of 11.3 times and being dribbled past 0.9 times per fixture.
Since then, the £24k-per-week defender found himself becoming a bit-part player for the club, making 14 Championship appearances in 2019/20, before being loaned out to Jupiler Pro League side Royal Antwerp last season.
And, considering the fact that Le Marchand is yet to make an appearance under Marco Silva, it would appear highly unlikely that the centre-back is a part of the 44-year-old’s long term plans, leading us to believe the Portuguese boss should do all he can to rid himself of the Frenchman prior to the closure of the summer transfer window next week.