Italian giant plotting January swoop for Fulham midfielder?

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Reports in Italy suggest that Patjim Kasami could be heading back to Italy

Fulham midfielder Patjim Kasami is a target for Italian giants Juventus during the winter transfer window according to reports from Tuttosport and Football Italia.

Kasami has played in Italy before, featuring for Bellinzona and Palermo after spending time as a youth player at Lazio. The 21-year-old has yet to full establish himself at Fulham but has featured regularly so far this season.

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Kasami's agent, Mino Raiola, has a lot of contact with Italian clubs including Juventus. The Italian giants are currently well covered in the centre of midfield, with Paul Pogba and Arturo Vidal having good starts to the season while Claudio Marchisio and Andrea Pirlo can also be relied upon.

The latter has been linked with moves away and it could be his last season at the club. Kasami would bring a more youthful approach to the side, and could play just off the striker but even then there would be competition from Mirko Vucinic and Sebastian Giovinco. If the move were to go through, Fulham would want to at least recoup what they paid for him, and it could be some time before he cements a place in the Juve' side.

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Born in Macedonia, but representing Switzerland, Kasami was one of Martin Jol's first signings for Fulham and joined on a four-year deal in July 2011 for a £5m fee. In his first season he was on the fringes of the first team, mainly featuring in Europa League games. In the second half of last season he joined Luzern of Switzerland and it was here he managed a good run of starts, which included a goal against Servette FC in the final game of the season.

Patjim scored his first goal for Fulham and their first goal of the season in the first match, a 1-0 victory away to Sunderland. Since then he has started all but one of Fulham's Premier League games, and seems to be keeping Adel Taarabt out of the Cottagers side.

Playing mainly in a central role, and occasionally out wide right he is very comfortable on the ball, and has a pass completion rate of 81.4%. However for an attacking midfielder he has only had an average of two shots per game, and perhaps would be encouraged to have a few more efforts on goal. This could be due to the fact that Fulham have been struggling up front, only scoring five goals in the league.

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