Report: Fulham make £14m bid for Southampton's Matt Targett

Fulham fans enjoy the atmosphere prior to the Sky Bet Championship Play Off Final between Aston Villa and  Fulham at Wembley Stadium on May 26, 2018 in London, England.

Southampton have so far been reluctant to sell Matt Targett to Fulham.

Fulham's English defender Matt Targett (L), Fulham's Irish defender Cyrus Christie (C) and Fulham's English defender Ryan Fredericks  celebrate with the trophy on the pitch after the...

Fulham have been linked with a whole host of left-backs this summer from Joe Bryan to Theo Hernandez, Ludwig Augustinsson to Oleksandr Zinchenko.

But Matt Targett, who shone during a loan spell at Craven Cottage between January and May last season, always appeared to be their number one target.

 

And after having a number of previous bids rejected by Southampton, TEAMtalk are reporting that Fulham have made a new offer worth £14 million for the 22-year-old.

It remains to be seen whether this latest bid is enough to convince The Saints, who value Targett at £15 million according to the Daily Echo, to sell. Though it does seem that they are preparing for the England U21 international’s exit by blocking Sam McQueen’s expected move to Bristol City.

Matt Targett of Fulham celebrates with Fulham Chairman and owner Shahid Khan and Fulham Vice Chairman and Director of Football Operations Tony Khan during the Sky Bet Championship Play Off...

Target has made just a smattering of Premier League appearances since breaking into the Southampton first-team in 2014/15, mostly thanks to the form of Ryan Bertrand. So it will be interesting to see whether he can now make the step up with Slavisa Jokanovic’s Fulham.

The newly promoted side have already signed one of last season’s stellar loanees, with striker Aleksandar Mitrovic arriving from Newcastle United on a permanent basis.

Matthew Targett (L) of Southampton is challenged during the 2018 CSC International Football Club Super Cup football match between English Premier League side Southampton and FC Schalke 04...

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