Could Stuart Armstrong follow Stefan Johansen from Celtic to Fulham?

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers is seen during a training session at Lennoxtown Training Centre on April 27, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Fulham are one of a number of Premier League sides reportedly interested in signing Stefan Johansen from Scottish Premiership champions Celtic.

James Forrest of Celtic celebrates his goal (Celtics 1st)with Stuart Armstrong during the Betfred Cup Final at Hampden Park on November 26, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

After flirting with the exit last summer, it seems that Stuart Armstrong’s time at Celtic is up.

The Daily Record reports that the influential midfielder has told Celtic chiefs that he is keen to leave Parkhead this summer and make a move to England, where he is not short of offers.

Armstrong, who is valued at around £4 million according to the Express with just a year remaining on his contract, is a target for Southampton, Crystal Palace, Brighton and newly promoted Fulham.

Stuart Armstrong of Celtic (R) shoots at goal during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Celtic and Rangers at Celtic Park on March 12, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

But who is the best option for a player who struggled badly last season to replicate his fantastic, 17-goal form of the 2016/17 campaign? Armstrong is a dynamic and high energy midfielder who could thrive in a fast-paced passing game.

Fulham, then, seems a perfect fit. The Cottagers, who beat Aston Villa in the Championship play-off final last month, already have one former Celtic midfielder on their books in the form of Norwegian international Stefan Johansen.

Stefan Johansen of Fulham celebrates scoring his sides first goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Norwich City and Fulham at Carrow Road on March 30, 2018 in Norwich, England.

Johansen, who moved to Craven Cottage for around £2 million in 2016, has taken his game to a new level under Slavisa Jokanovic, whose attractive and creative style gets the best out of a gifted and forward-thinking midfielder.

Armstrong is a player cut from the same cloth so, if he wants to go to the next level in his career, following in Johansen’s footsteps might be the best option.

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