Meet the Fulham star set to be hot Premier League property

Ashkan Dejagah

While some Cottagers stars have failed to shine this season, one new arrival is likely to be the subject of some transfer interest this summer.

Martin Jol made many mistakes during his time with Fulham but arguably the best decision made by the Dutchman was to sign a relatively unknown Iranian-German midfielder by the name of Ashkan Dejagah.

Purchased for a cut-price €2.5 million back in the summer of 2012, little was expected of a player who had made his name as a versatile midfielder in the German Bundesliga.

After all, the 27-year-old endured a so-so debut season in the Premier League as a calf muscle injury suffered shortly before his move hindered his initial progress in the English top-flight.

The current campaign started similarly slowly, with Dejagah finally finding his feet after an injury ruled midfield rival Damien Duff out of the remainder of the campaign, thus allowing the Iranian-German to show the kind of form that made him so popular on the continent.

An Iran international, the midfielder made serious waves at Wolfsburg, winning a surprise Bundesliga title alongside future Manchester City star Edin Dzeko while under Felix Magath at the club.

Purchased from Hertha Berlin having risen through the ranks at the capital club, Dejagah made 131 appearances for Wolfsburg before opting for a switch to England and while slow to start, the midfielder has proven a shining light in an otherwise miserable campaign.

A tally of six goals this term ranks as his second best tally in a single season as a professional, with three of these strikes coming from the bench, while the midfielder has a 79 per cent successful pass rate – second only to Scott Parker.

But while Parker is almost 34-years-old, Dejagah is some seven years younger and in arguably the prime of his life.

Don’t be surprised, therefore, to see the midfielder move on in the summer, with a number of potential Premier League suitors likely to be waiting in the wings.

West Ham United, for instance, may well be open to a move that would allow the player to stay in the capital, while Dejagah’s swash-buckling style would fit in well with the new-found ethos of Sunderland under Gustavo Poyet.

Whatever he decides to do, it looks likely that the former Wolfsburg man will remain on the radar for now, with the player set to compete at the World Cup with Iran.

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