According to a report by The Sun, Fulham are keen on signing Johnny Russell this summer after his Kansas City contract expires.
The Scot should be a well-known name to many Fulham fans with the former Dundee United man having played against the Whites on a number of occasions for Derby County.
On the surface signing a player who is set to leave an MLS club on a free doesn’t sound all that exciting, but at Championship level, Russell has proven himself to be quite a handy player.
Indeed, Russell hit nine goals a season on two different occasions while playing for Derby, and while that isn’t necessarily a headline-making stat, it shows that he can be handy at this level.
Now, it’s unlikely that a 31-year-old free agent from MLS will come in and displace someone like Ivan Cavaleiro or Bobby Decordova-Reid, but with all of Fulham’s seven loan players likely to head back to their parent club’s this summer, the Whites need depth options.
As ever, this move may not be as straight-forward as it initially seems. Newcastle United also want Russell, and with the Magpies having the pull of Premier League football next season, one would have to imagine that the Tyneside outfit are favourites to win this race. It remains to be seen where Russell ends up, but if this report is to be believed, Craven Cottage could well be his next destination.