Fulham may have been given a boost in their transfer pursuit of England under-21 international Ezri Konsa.
It appears Brentford are closing in on a deal for Leeds United defender Pontus Jansson. West London Sport is reporting that the Swedish international could make a £5 million move this summer. The report claims Brentford are ‘close to sealing’ the transfer.
The Yorkshire Evening Post has suggested a fee closer to £5.5 million, but regardless, it seems Brentford have another centre-back arriving from Yorkshire.
The Bees have already secured a deal for Ethan Pinnock this summer. The Barnsley man joined in a deal reported by the Yorkshire Post to be worth £3 million.
This £8.5 million splurge on defenders could certainly give Fulham renewed hope of a transfer deal of their own.
Fulham, who themselves were recently linked with Jansson, are seemingly keen on the England under-21 international.
Sky Sports reported last week that the Cottagers are interested in meeting his £12 million release clause. That clause is reportedly not as cut and dry as bid and accept. Brentford are said to ‘have other contractual protections in place’ even if a rival meets the £12 million fee.
So it seems a deal is not automatic, if Fulham, for example, met the clause.
However, now that Brentford seemingly have replacements covered, such a deal has never looked more likely.
If Fulham are ready to raid their West London rivals, now might be the perfect time to do so.