Report: Fulham in negotiations with Bordeaux to sign Youssouf Sabaly

6th January 2019, Craven Cottage, London, England; Emirates FA Cup third round football, Fulham versus Oldham Athletic; Fulham Manager Claudio Ranieri looks on from the dugout

Ligue 1 right-back Sabaly impressed for Senegal at the World Cup and could reportedly be on his way to the Premier League now with Fulham.

SAMARA, RUSSIA - June 28: Youssouf Sabaly of Senegal before a throw in during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group H match between Senegal and Colombia at Samara Arena on June 28, 2018 in...

The last thing Claudio Ranieri needed with Fulham second bottom in the Premier League was a home defeat to third tier Oldham Athletic in the third round of the FA Cup.

Fortunately, however, the veteran Italian has the opportunity to increase the positivity around the City Ground with the January transfer window open.

Ranieri is understood to have a number of targets in mind and, according to L’Equipe, one of those is the Bordeaux flyer Youssouf Sabaly.

 

The report states that Fulham made an offer to sign the 25-year-old Senegal international at the end of last week and they are continuing to negotiate with Bordeaux over a potential deal that would see Sabaly move to Craven Cottage this month.

L’Equipe also claims that Fulham want to seal the signing of Sabaly, who came close to joining Napoli last year, at the earliest opportunity.

Bordeaux's French defender Youssouf Sabaly (R) vies with Dijon's Tunisian midfielder Naim Sliti (L) during the French L1 football match between Dijon (DFCO) and Bordeaux (FCGB) on November...

An attack-minded right-back who impressed with his all-action displays for Senegal at the World Cup last summer, Sabaly should strengthen a Fulham backline which is statistically the worst in the Premier League.

Reported interest in the former France youth international comes amid claims from Ranieri himself that Timothy Fosu-Mensah will be allowed to return to parent club Manchester United, as reported by Sky Sports.

1st November 2018, Etihad Stadium, Manchester, England; Carabao Cup football, fourth round, Manchester City versus Fulham; Timothy Fosu Mensah of Fulham evades a tackle from Oleksandr...

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