Fulham have now made an official bid for Ajax defender Calvin Bassey.
A report from The Athletic has shared that Fulham’s initial offer is worth around £15m.
Fulham manager Marco Silva will be well aware of the need to sign more players this summer, particularly in defence.
At the moment, his squad is looking rather thin at the back after Cedric Soares, Shane Duffy and Laywin Kurzawa departed at the start of the summer.
Fulham named their squad for their pre-season tour to the United States today and it has a youthful look.
Kevin Mbabu – who was sent out on loan for the second half of last season – is included alongside four academy players.
Tosin Adarabioyo is also travelling across the Atlantic despite rumours linking him with an exit this summer.
Fulham need central defensive options and have now made a bid to sign Calvin Bassey to address this shortage.
The Nigerian international has Champions League experience and would be a fine addition to the squad.
Fulham make bid for Bassey
The report from The Athletic suggests Fulham have made a written offer of £15m for Bassey but haven’t had a response from Ajax yet.
Bassey still has four years left on his current contract which won’t make negotiations easy.
The 23-year-old was born in Italy and grew up in London before joining Leicester City’s academy.
He never played for The Foxes’ first team but was brilliant at Rangers, helping them end Celtic’s run of nine titles on the bounce.
His first season at Ajax hasn’t been the easiest, but he still managed to make 20 starts for the Dutch giants.
He’s also got a fan in former Fulham defender Johnny Heitinga, who said this season: “Calvin is a top professional.
“He comes from Glasgow and knows a different way of playing. In Holland, a lot is demanded on the ball and you play with a lot of space behind you.
“He can defend. We have to help him and make sure he has plenty of opportunities, but we know how long the rest of the season is. We are going to need him.”
Fulham will hope to hear soon if their bid for Bassey is enough to convince Ajax to sell the Nigerian international.
He’s a player worth returning for if that offer is rejected as he’s got the potential to be an exceptional centre-back.