Southampton muscle in on the race to sign Fulham star

Harry McMullen
Joe Bryan

Southampton have joined a host of Premier League clubs expressing an interest in signing Fulham full-back Joe Bryan, according to reports.

The Saints are looking to strengthen their squad at full-back and, according to the Daily Mailthe club have Bryan on their radar.

The Hampshire side will have to fend off the likes of Watford, Crystal Palace and Italian club Atalanta, who are also said to be interested in the Englishman.

Reports suggest Watford and Atalanta have already contacted Fulham regarding a possible transfer.

Bryan is in fine form in a Fulham side hopeful for a Premier League return in May.

Fulham boss Scott Parker has advanced Bryan to a more offensive role this season and the defender has notched up three Championship assists already.

The 26-year-old has Premier League experience having played for Fulham last season, where the Cottagers were relegated following a 19th-placed finish.

Bryan joined Fulham from Bristol City and has been a regular in the first team ever since, attracting big clubs since hitting form last season.

The defender has only missed one game in Fulham’s Championship campaign, offering solidarity at the back as well as an offensive presence.

Bryan has played for Fulham 57 times, bagging two goals in the process.

Parker is set to strengthen his own back line, with the club expected to snap up Scotland keeper Jordan Archer in the next 24 hours.



Meanwhile in the league, Fulham are still putting up a good chase for the automatic spots.

The Cottagers ran out 1-0 winners at Hull last time out, moving up to fourth in the process.

Fulham will be looking at returning to the Premier League at the first time of asking, with the club managing – so far – to keep hold of Premier League talent, such as Bryan and league top scorer Aleksandar Mitrović.

Next up, the Whites host in-form Middlesbrough – who have promotion ambitions themselves – and whether Bryan’s speculation will have developed in that time remains to be seen.