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Fulham could sign Justin Kluivert alternative in Musa Barrow

Fulham could be preparing to switch up their pursuit for another winger…

What’s the word?

Having stumbled to secure a deal for Justin Kluivert, Marco Silva may turn his attention to Bologna’s Musa Barrow to bolster their wide options.

As reported in il Resto del Carlino, the Gambian is reportedly available for around €16m (£13.5m) as the Cottagers were forced to move on from the Dutchman. He reportedly favoured a move to Ajax than one to the English capital.

They will battle with French club OGC Nice for his signature.

He would be better than Kluivert

Last season for Bologna, Barrow enjoyed a fine personal season as he scored six and assisted seven despite a decidedly mid-table finish.

Marco Arnautovic was unsurprisingly their top scorer, earning the majority of the plaudits, however the youngster was the Italian side’s unsung hero and finished just behind him.

Who should Fulham opt to sign?

Justin Kluivert

Justin Kluivert

Musa Barrow

Musa Barrow

Meanwhile, Kluivert continues to be deemed not up to Jose Mourinho’s standards as he was loaned out to the other side interested in his signature, Nice.

Despite a decent campaign, registering four goals and six assists, there is a suggestion that whilst he is forced to ply his trade outside of Italy, Barrow seems to be only improving with each season.

This is reinforced by his average SofaScore rating of 7.03, which dwarfs the 6.87 that Kluivert registered last season.

The player, dubbed a “phenomenal talent” by African journalist Yaw Ampofo Jr, further cements his status as a tricky winger but also a goal threat with his total shots, in which he ranks in the top 7%.

Having also created 12 big chances despite registering far less assists, perhaps a step up to the Premier League to play alongside Aleksandar Mitrovic would see these chances taken with a lethal touch.

Finally his 1.4 key passes would be finding true talent, and he could be the final piece to Silva’s jigsaw that sees them retain their status in the division for the foreseeable future.

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There is not a great financial disparity between the two potential deals, with Roma demanding €15m (£12.7m) for Kluivert’s services, but the ease of the deal added to the fact that Barrow is clearly is the better option suggests that the choice should be obvious for Fulham.