Boost for Craven Cottage bid to sign defender.
Fulham have received a boost in their bid to make defender Sascha Rietner’s loan move a permanent one after his club Cologne revealed they will sell him in the summer.
The right-back joined Fulham on loan for the season after Cologne were relegated from the Bundesliga and has impressed manager with his performances – so much so that he allowed Stephen Kelly to join Reading in the January transfer window.
As part of the loan deal for the 29-year-old, Fulham had first refusal on Rietner if Cologne made him surplus to requirements and it appears that will be the case in the summer with the Bundesliga club stating he will be sold in the summer.
Speaking in Express, Cologne executive Jorg Jakobs said: “Fulham has the chance to buy him at the end of the season. Even if they do not pursue their buy-out option, there will definitely be another club signing him then.”
Riether’s agent Volker Struth, however, added: “We were caught by surprise by Cologne’s statements. As it stands, Sascha would have to return to the club for pre-season.”
Rietner, who has two international caps for Germany to his name, has been an ever-present in Fulham’s Premier League line-up since making the move to England before the start of the season.
Craven Cottage manager Jol admitted during the January transfer window, when he was linked with a swoop for Barnsley right-back John Stones who subsequently joined Everton, that he was keen to extend Rietner’s loan with the club for another season or buy him outright at the end of the season.