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Fulham set to stave off PL interest in pursuit of Ligue 1 forward

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Championship side Fulham are set to stave interest from Premier League outfit Newcastle United in pursuit of Bordeaux forward Diego Rolan, according to Get West London.

The 24-year-old Uruguay international moved to the French club back in 2013 after a spell in his homeland with Defensor Sporting, in which time he scored 11 goals in just 41 games to earn himself a move to Europe.

And he has built on that fine goal-scoring form for Bordeaux by netting 38 goals and laying on 13 assists in 149 games for the club, nine goals of which came last term in inspiring the side to a sixth place finish in Ligue 1, and thus a spot in next season’s Europa League.

And, unsurprisingly, Rolan’s excellent form has attracted interest from England, with Slavisa Jokanovic’s Fulham and Rafe Benitez’s Newcastle reportedly eyeing up a move this summer.

Reports earlier in the week suggested that the Cottagers may struggle to convince the 24-year-old to move to the Championship ahead of the Premier League, yet recent reports suggest that the club have been granted permission to speak to Rolan about a potential move.

And this news is sure to thrill Jokanovic and the Fulham hierarchy, who will be hoping to go one better in the Championship next season after falling to Reading in the semi-finals of the play-offs last time out.

And bringing in a player of the calibre of Rolan could be exactly what they need in their quest to return to the top-flight.

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