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Craven Cottage and Stadium of Light sides take an interest in La Liga youngster.
Fulham and Sunderland are locked in a three-way battle with Atletico Madrid to sign Rayo Vallecano starlet Leo Baptistao, according to reports in Spain.
The Brazilian moved to Rayo from his homeland at the age of 16 and made his senior debut last year.
His contract – which expires in 2015 – contains a £6.5m release clause.
Leo Baptistao was brought in to fill the void left by Michu as he left Rayo Vallecano for Swansea City and young Brazilian has done a marvelous job since stepping up from the Madrid based club’s B team to the senior side.
The Sao Paulo born striker has netted six goals and assisted another four thus far this season and is already a firm favourite with the Vallecanos faithful.
There must however be a fear that Baptistao is tempted by a move to join Michu in the Premier League and a £6.5m release clause may well entice a number of side’s to take a punt on the young forward. Atletico Madrid’s interest could well be in lieu of a possible departure of either Adrian Lopez or Radamel Falcao, both men frequently being linked with moves away from the Vicente Calderon.
Of the two English top tier sides mentioned by this source it’s clear that Sunderland are in far more urgent need of new striking options than Fulham. Martin Jol brought in Hugo Rodallega, Mladen Petric and Dimitar Berbatov over the summer and has seen his West London side net 25 goals already this season.
Martin O’Neill’s side on the other hand have managed just 13 and have relied upon Steven Fletcher to net six of those.
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