Fulham are closing in on a deal that would see Swansea City captain Matt Grimes arrive at Craven Cottage, as reported by the Daily Mail.
The 26-year-old has emerged as one of the most highly sought-after players in English football this summer, and the fact that he has just one year left on his Swans contract is attracting several clubs.
Fulham have been battling it out with Championship counterparts Bournemouth for his signature, but they have also faced competition from the Premier League, as Newcastle and Southampton were accredited with interest in the former Exeter City man.
The expected sale of the midfielder has also had knock-on effects at the club and it was reported that it had played a major role in Steve Cooper’s departure.
There are now just under two weeks before the Championship kicks off once again and a lot needs to be sorted out before the first ball is kicked on August 7.
Grimes is a vital component to everything that Swansea do, and his departure would leave a glaring void in the middle of the park.
The midfielder is a classy operator who possesses a wand of a left foot. His vision and range of passing allows him to create chances from a deeper position and he also has the work rate to match – reasons why he has been so successful in the second-tier in recent years.
For Fulham, Grimes would be an excellent addition. He is an immediate option and he has the ability to progress to the Premier League with the club – the ultimate ambition for the London club.
It is turning out to be quite a difficult time for Swansea with the return of their excellent loan players and the loss of Andre Ayew. Losing Grimes would be equally as detrimental.