West Ham Battle Fulham For Ajax Forward Miralem Sulejmani

London clubs fighting it out for services of Serbian forward.

Fulham and West Ham are battling it out to sign Ajax forward Miralem Sulejmani.

The Dutch giants have signalled that they are prepared to cash in on the Serbia international before the transfer window closes.

West Ham have made a bid for the 23-year-old and a deal to take him to Upton Park is understood to be almost done.

But Fulham have entered the fray for the forward, who played under Martin Jol during the Craven Cottage manager’s 18 months in charge of the Amsterdam club.

West Ham agreed a deal to sign the versatile forward on a season-long loan two years ago but it fell through after the Serbian was denied a work permit.

They have, however, reignited their interest in the wide attacker, who can operate on either side of a centre-forward, as boss Sam Allardyce attempts to bring greater creativity to his front line before Friday night’s deadline.


Ajax forward Miralem Sulejmani could be lining-up alongside Dimitar Berbatov in an all-new strike force for Fulham this weekend, should Fulham be able to sign the Serbian hit-man from under the noses of London rivals West Ham.

The Hammers appeared in pole position to secure a deal for the 23-year-old before the close of the transfer window at midnight on Friday, and may still get their man, but late interest from Fulham could entice the Serb to opt against east London and instead team-up again with Fulham boss Martin Jol.

This news could have Fulham fans feeling slightly uneasy, however, as a pairing of Berbatov and Sulejmani up front, while promising the potential for bags of goals and class, will also combine two players renowned for their lazy nature and lack of effort on the pitch.

While the situation with Clint Dempsey has forced Fulham boss Jol to look at no alternative but to sell the American in the next 24-hours, Fulham fans could yet wish that Fulham had been able to hold on to the man who worked so hard for the team in his time in South-West London.

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