Fulham have officially announced the signing of Jean Michael Seri from Nice, and could it help keep Ryan Sessegnon at the club?
Premier League new boys Fulham have officially confirmed the signing of Jean Michael Seri from Ligue 1 side OGC Nice, much to the shock and delight of their fans.
The Ivory Coast international had been linked with a host of clubs around Europe and Goal had recently reported that the player was keen on a move to Serie A side Napoli, but he has evidently been convinced that a move to the Cottagers was the best option for him.
The deal is reported to be worth around £25 million by the Guardian, and it is definitely refreshing to see a newly promoted side splashing the cash as they seek to stay in the Premier League come May 2019.
Seri is a box-to-box central midfield player who can break up attacks and then start them himself with his vision and it has to be said – this is a marquee signing for Fulham.
It will be interesting to see now what happens with precocious talent Ryan Sessegnon, with fans having been worried that he might jump ship to a bigger club.
Tottenham Hotspur are long term admirers of the 18-year-old according to the London Evening Standard, who is one of Europe’s hottest young talents around at the moment after scoring 20 Championship goals largely from left-back.
There have been no fresh reports recently that Tottenham will try to sign Sessegnon, but there has always been a lingering fear amongst fans that the Lilywhites may flex their financial muscle towards the end of the window, having been quiet on the transfer front so far.
But with a top quality player like Seri arriving on the scene, it could be that Sessgnon thinks twice about leaving Craven Cottage to at least experience playing alongside the midfield dynamo and furthering his own development.