Report: Fulham seek loan deal for St Etienne's Ole Selnaes

Saint-Etienne's Norwish midfielder Ole Selnaes (L) vies with Lille's Brazilian midfielder Thiago Mendes (R) during the French L1 football match Saint-Etienne (ASSE) vs Lille (LOSC) on May...

Fulham have been linked with a loan move for St Etienne’s Ole Selnaes.

Paris' French midfielder Lassana Diarra (C) vies with Saint-Etienne's French forward Remy Cabella (R) and Saint-Etienne's Norwish midfielder Ole Selnaes during the French L1 football match...

According to a report in the Mirror (live transfer blog, August 4th at 14:47), Fulham have made an approach to sign St Etienne midfielder Ole Selnaes.

The report claims the Cottagers want to take the Norway international holding midfielder on a season-long loan deal, though the French club would prefer to sell the player outright.

Fulham have worked on bolstering their squad this summer, as they look to preserve their Premier League status following their promotion via the Championship playoffs last term.

 

Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic has made several impressive signings, bringing in the likes of midfielder Jean Seri, central defender Alfie Mawson and key centre-forward Aleksandar Mitrovic from Newcastle United.

The Cottagers have spent over £50 million this summer in their bid to steer clear of relegation, yet it appears they are still in the market for another player or two.

Selnaes, predominantly a holding midfielder, would provide competition for Kevin McDonald and could be deemed as a long-term replacement for the former Wolverhampton Wanderers man.

Ivar Fossum, Ole Kristian Selnaes of Norway during training at Ullevaal Stadion on June 5, 2018 in Oslo, Norway.

Selnaes stands at 6ft 2inch and has impressed in France following his move there from Norway champions Rosenborg in January 2016.

With 17 international caps to his name, the 24-year-old has plenty of experience despite his young age, and the time seems right for him to test himself at a higher level in one of Europe’s top leagues.

It seems Fulham would ideally like to take him on loan, but with his contract set to expire in 2020 it would make sense for St Etienne to sell him now for peak price - rather than for a reduced fee in 12 months’ time.

Rennes' French midfielder Wahbi Khazri (C) fights for the ball with Saint-Etienne's Norwegian midfielder Ole Selnaes (R) during the French L1 football match between Rennes (SRFC) and Saint-...

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