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Fulham are keen on West Ham United defender Arthur Masuaku, according to Mail+.
Marco Silva’s side are set to return to the Premier League at the first time of asking and will be tooling up to try and stay there in the summer window.
It appears Masuaku is on their list of targets but would he be a good signing for Fulham? And do they need him?
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This could turn out to be a clever bit of business by Fulham if they are able to convince Masuaku to make the switch to Craven Cottage this summer.
The left-back knows exactly what it takes to compete in the top flight as he has made 104 appearances at this level for West Ham during his time at the club.
Whereas the Cottagers are currently able to call upon the services of Antonee Robinson who has produced a host of impressive displays in the Championship this season, the arrival of Masuaku could enable the United States international to reach new heights in terms of his development due to the added competition for places.
By nailing his transfer recruitment this summer, Marco Silva could assemble a squad which is capable of retaining a place in the Premier League for the foreseeable future.
Bringing in a left-back is probably a good idea for the Cottagers because Antonee Robinson hasn’t looked like a Premier League defender in waiting.
However, you’d think one of Robinson or Bryan would leave if Masuaku was to come in. The latter could be a decent signing with the amount of Premier League experience he has under his belt – but there is one concern.
That concern is with his playing time – because he would ideally have at least one full season of top-tier football under his belt before becoming a regular at Craven Cottage.
He won’t have that, though the fact he isn’t a regular could enable the Cottagers to negotiate a cheap deal for him.
I feel that Masuaku would be a good acquisition for Fulham because of the potential price tag and experience he brings.
The defender isn’t getting playing time with West Ham, so a move is logical. With Fulham, he would no doubt get plenty more action than he is managing right now. As for the Cottagers, they will be desperate to stay in the division. With the right additions and the right experience on board, it could really give them the know how to do so.
He also could be available on the cheap considering that he isn’t getting on the field. West Ham are moving forward without him, so his availability could play a part.
It looks like win win for all sides to be honest.