Leeds, West Ham eye England youth as contract rebel forces Fulham hand

Date published: Sunday 8th August 2021 9:45 - Neil Foster

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Reports claim Leeds United and West Ham have joined the list of clubs keen to sign Fulham teenager Fabio Carvalho this summer.

The 18-year-old came up through the Cottagers youth system after moving to west London from Benfica in 2013. The England Under-18 star has progressed through the various Fulham youth teams and shone for the Under-23s last term. He netted 11 goals from 13 appearances in Premier League 2 and was handed a few first-team opportunities.

He made three Premier League starts among four appearances, including against Manchester United. And the youngster scored his first senior goal for the club in a 3-1 away defeat to Southampton.

Clubs have started to take note of the forward’s prowess, with the Whites and Hammers said to be keen. And new Fulham boss Marco Silva wasted little time in throwing him into the mix.

Carvalho was handed a start as Fulham hosted Middlesbrough in their 2021-2022 Championship opener on Sunday. He played 89 minutes as the sides drew 1-1 at Craven Cottage.

But The Sun on Sunday are suggesting his days by the Thames may be numbered. His deal has less than 12 months to run.

And the report claims he has rejected fresh terms offered by the capital outfit. Fulham will not want to lose the youngster for nothing next summer and so may be forced to sell.

Leeds and West Ham are thought to be keen while Norwich and Porto have also been mentioned as possible suitors.

Carvalho impressed Leeds up close and personal

Leeds managed to view Carvalho at close quarters last season. He played for the Fulham Under-23s against the Whites youngsters both home and away.

Although Fulham were thrashed 7-1 at Thorp Arch in December, Carvalho scored a superb goal. And he also netted when the sides met in London.

In the past two seasons, he has found the net on 16 occasions from 33 Premier League 2 outings. Silva appears prepared to trust him with the big boys but may not have him for much longer.

Marcelo Bielsa has been relatively quiet in the transfer market to date. Junior Firpo has arrived from Barcelona while young goalkeeper Kristoffer Klaesson was signed from Norwegian club Valerenga.

Junior Firpo signing contract (via Leeds United)

Jack Harrison’s three-year loan from Manchester City has finally become permanent. It has been reported that the Ellard Road outfit are targeting CSKA Moscow star Adolfo Gaich.

However, the Argentina international is said to favour a move to Italy.

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