Fulham may finally lose World Cup playmaker in January, agent hopes for deal - report

The agent of Fulham playmaker Bryan Ruiz says he hopes his client will finally sign for Werder Bremen in January.

Fulham are still yet to name their new manager, despite speculation linking caretaker manager Kit Symons with the full-time position at Craven Cottage. Symons is in temporary charge of the team since German boss Felix Magath was sacked last month, with the former Bayern Munich boss not only unable to keep the club in the top flight last season, but also got off to a terrible start in the Championship too.

Yet whilst owner Shahid Khan is in the process of picking the new manager, one player may have already set his sights on leaving West London in the January.

Playmaker Bryan Ruiz was the club's marquee capture back in 2011, joining from Dutch side FC Twente for around £10.5m despite interest from Newcastle United. Ruiz had hit an impressive 35 goals in 65 games from midfield in the Netherlands, and much was expected of the Costa Rican upon his arrival in the Premier League.

However, he's scored just eight goals in 71 games for the Cottagers, who loaned him back to the Eredivisie with PSV Eindhoven in January, before he impressed in Costa Rica's remarkable run to the World Cup quarter-finals in the summer.

Now back at Fulham, Ruiz's contract is set to expire next summer, and after failing with a summer bid to sign him, it seems Bundesliga outfit Werder Bremen have their eyes on a cut-price January bid for Ruiz - at least, according to his agent Walter Mortelmans.

"Werder is still an interesting option for Bryan. I hope we make it there in January," he said. "The Bundesliga would be a good option for him. I believe it is the strongest league in Europe."

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