Fulham are eyeing up a move for Huddersfield Town’s Isaac Mbenza, according to L’Equipe.
The 23-year-old hasn’t featured for the Terriers since the start of October, and now Fulham along with Bournemouth are said to be lining up a move for the winger.
He swapped southern France for the north of Yorkshire two years ago, joining Huddersfield from Montpellier for £8 million.
A representative of Belgium at U17, 19 and 21 level, Mbenza’s Premier League dream didn’t go accordingly and now he finds himself an outcast at a team facing relegation to League One.
But Fulham could hand him a lifeline this month. Scott Parker has already overseen an impressive transfer window, with Michael Hector arriving from Chelsea, Ivan Cavaleiro making his loan-move from Wolves permanent, and Terrence Kongolo coming in on-loan from Huddersfield.
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Mbenza has played just five games in the Championship for Huddersfield this season, but has played just twice since Danny Cowley’s appointment back in September – under the ex-Lincoln City boss, Mbenza has amassed just 65 minutes of league football.
He was a proven goalscorer in France and a player that held so much promise, but Huddersfield made some terrible signings in the Premier League, and their misfortune and over-spending has them back at square one.
Whether or not it’s a signing that Fulham need right now is debatable, but Mbenza’s quality and potential is not – he looks to be fed up with life at Huddersfield and who can blame him, after their dismal showing in the Premier League last time round.
Teams always need numbers going into the business end of the season, but are Fulham ready to pay up for Mbenza? They’ve got two weeks to decide.