Fulham join Fraser race

Ryan Fraser of Bournemouth AFC controls the ball during the FA Cup Fourth Round match between Bournemouth AFC and Arsenal FC at Vitality Stadium on January 27, 2020 in Bournemouth, England.

Fulham have joined the race to sign Scottish international winger Ryan Fraser on a free transfer after he opted to leave Bournemouth earlier this summer.

The Whites are eager to bolster their attacking options as they prepare for a Premier League return and see the 26 year-old winger as an appealing low-cost option with considerable top flight experience.

Fraser, who refused to sign a short-term contract with the Cherries ending a seven year spell at Dean Court, had been hoping to attract interest from Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur, but an offer from either north London outfit has not materialised.

As well as Premier League new boys Fulham, who beat Brentford to win last night’s Championship play-off final at Wembley, Crystal Palace are known to be keen admirers of Fraser’s talents. Roy Hodgson is keen to bring the winger to Selhurst Park and Palace have reportedly made an offer to Fraser’s agent. 

He scored just once in 32 appearances for the south coast side as they slumped to relegation this year, a disappointing ending to a fairytale spell at Bournemouth, which included winning promotion from League One in his first season and then going up from the Championship in 2015.

Fraser has made 120 Premier League appearances and would provide competition for the likes of Anthony Knockaert, Aboubakar Kamara and Neeskens Kebano, who have all filled the right wing spot in the closing weeks of the season for Fulham. 

His potential wage demands – rumoured to be around £100,000 a week when he turned down a proposed short-term deal at Bournemouth – could be the only serious stumbling block for any suitors.
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