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Montpellier deputy chairman comments on Fulham's interest in Steve Mounié

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The Benin striker has been earmarked as a potential recruit by the Cottagers.

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Fulham have been dealt a blow in their pursuit of Montpellier striker Steve Mounié.

It had been reported by Winner Sports that Fulham were set to sign Mounié as a £6 million replacement for Ross McCormack – who completed his move to Aston Villa this morning.

However, there has been no movement in the deal and L’Equipe are now reporting the deputy chairman of Montpellier as stating:

"He is a player who is in our thoughts and unless there is an irrefusable offer, we are not sellers."

They also report that the £6 million offer being mooted is far from what Fulham have actually proposed.

Ross McCormack celebrates after scoring the first goal for FulhamRoss McCormack celebrates after scoring the first goal for Fulham

The report suggests Fulham have bid €5 million (£4.2 million) for the player – an offer that has been rejected.

Mounié spent last season on loan at Nimes in Ligue 2 and scored 11 goals in 32 appearances for the club.

The big striker, who plays international football for Benin, has only played twice for Montpellier but it seems the 21-year-old is now a part of the club’s first-team plans.

Fulham need a new striker after losing both McCormack and Moussa Dembele, who joined Celtic on a free transfer, and Mounié appeared to be a target.

But it seems they might need to look elsewhere.

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