Fofana looks to be available this summer, with Manchester City listing him for loan, and both Sunderland and West Brom have been linked with a move for him, as per the Chronicle.
The 20-year-old spent part of last season on loan with Championship side Fulham, making 25 appearances with a return of one goal and zero assists. He showed great promise in the middle of the park, able to play as an attacking midfielder or in a deeper box-to-box role, and City are keen to loan him out at Premier League level to aid his development.
The Baggies and Sunderland are linked with him, as well as teams in France, Spain and the Netherlands, although City are keen for him to remain in England so as to get up to speed with the top flight of the English game.
He has yet to make an appearance for City’s senior team, but has been a regular at Under-21 level for the last few years, as well as making a handful of appearances in the UEFA Youth League.
He certainly impressed in the Championship, but whichever club signs him would be making a risky move with Fofana having yet to play in the Premier League.
Sunderland need to fix some serious problems in their midfield, with the likes of Jack Rodwell and Lee Cattermole failing to impress in the box-to-box role, and the youngster is sure to be guaranteed consistent playing time at the Stadium of Light.
The Baggies’ need for a central midfielder is less evident, but his style of play would fit in well with Tony Pulis’s system, and he would develop well if given the game time needed at his young age.