Fulham are interested in a deal to bring Matt Grimes to Craven Cottage this summer.
That’s according to a report by the Daily Mail, who claim that both Marco Silva’s side and Scott Parker’s AFC Bournemouth are keeping a close eye on the situation of the Swansea City midfielder ahead of a potential move in the summer transfer window.
It is reported that Fulham are interested in the 25-year-old as a replacement for Mario Lemina, while Bournemouth could also be in need of a more defensively-minded midfielder this summer, with Jefferson Lerma thought to be a target of LaLiga side Valencia.
Southampton and Newcastle United are also mentioned as potential suitors for the former England U21 international, who has just one year remaining on his current contract at the Liberty Stadium.
With the Daily Mail dubbing Grimes as “one of the most consistent performers” in the Championship, it is easy to see why Marco Silva is interested in a deal to bring the midfielder to the club this summer.
Indeed, over his 45 Championship appearances for Steve Cooper’s side last season, the £6.3m-rated man scored two goals, registered three assists and created three big chances for his teammates, as well as taking an average of one shot and making 0.8 key passes per game.
The £10k-per-week central midfielder also impressed in more typical metrics for his position, making an average of 1.5 interceptions, 2.1 tackles, 1.3 clearances and winning 5.3 duels per league fixture, as well as touching the ball an average of 70.3 times and completing 43.9 passes per match.
These returns saw the man Cooper dubbed an “excellent” player earn a seasonal SofaScore match rating of 7.04, ranking him as the Swans’ fifth-best performer in the second tier of English football, playing a key role in his side reaching the Championship play-off final.
As such, with Lemina having returned to Southampton following his loan at Fulham last season, the argument could easily be made that Grimes would actually be an upgrade on the Gabon international, as well as certainly being a player Fulham fans would love to have in their side.