English Premiership

Newly-promoted Cottagers confirm Seri coup

2018-07-12 13:19
Jean-Michael Seri (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Premier League newcomers Fulham have landed their top transfer target after signing Jean-Michael Seri on a four-year contract from Nice.

The Ivory Coast international spent the last three seasons at the Allianz Riviera, where he was a first-team regular and helped Les Aiglons qualify for the Europa League in 2016 and 2017.

Seri had been linked with Barcelona, Chelsea, Napoli and Sevilla, but opted to join the Cottagers in a £25 million deal ahead of their return to England's top flight after a four-year absence.

The west Londoners have an option to extend the 26-year-old midfielder's stay at Craven Cottage by another 12 months, and he's hoping for a successful career in the capital.

"It was a long day yesterday so it was great to get the move finalised," Seri told the club's official website.

'Now, I'm ready to get started and looking forward to meeting the squad and getting to know them, the head coach and his staff better.

"I'm delighted to be here, it's a new adventure that starts for me and I'm hoping it will all go well."

Fulham owner Tony Khan added: "Jean Michael arrives with Premier League qualities as well as great promise for the future, which is why he has been at the very top of our target list for a long time.

"So, this is a big day for everyone associated with Fulham and working at Motspur Park, and I trust all Fulham supporters are collectively as thrilled and ecstatic as we are that Jean Michael will be joining our squad as we return home to the Premier League."

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