Fulham target Bastos ‘still in talks with two Premier League clubs’ – agent

By Ed Aarons

Michel Bastos’ agent has confirmed that the Brazilian is in discussions with two Premier League clubs but denied that he has reached an agreement to sign for Fulham.

Le Parisien reported that the 29-year-old will complete a £7 million transfer to Craven Cottage from Lyon today after agreeing personal terms. But Goal.com has learned that another unnamed Premier League club is also in contention to sign the versatile left-sided player who has won 10 international caps, with Liverpool rumoured to be interested.
“At this moment we have different options for him but I think it is close,” Bastos’ agent Emmanuel De Kerchove told Goal.com.

“He is discussing with two clubs in England and Fulham is one of them. But at the moment I would prefer not to say the other one. We will see what happens as the day goes on.”

Bastos has scored twice in two substitute appearances for Lyon in Ligue 1 this season. He joined from Lille in 2009 and had been tipped to follow former Sunderland striker Asamaoh Gyan to United Arab Emirates side Al Ain.

But De Kerchove now expects a permanent deal with a Premier League team to be signed before the transfer window closes on Friday.

He said: “The market in the UAE closes in one month so there is not the same urgency. But at this moment the most concrete interest is in England and I expect something to happen today.”

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