Fulham have enquired about taking Brighton & Hove Albion midfielder Oliver Norwood on loan next season, according to Sky Sports.
The 26-year-old is not currently in Seagulls boss Chris Hughton’s plans after promotion to the Premier League last season and the player is keen on playing regular first-team football ahead of a possible World Cup next summer.
The Northern Ireland international moved to the south coast from Reading last August after starting in all four games of his country’s run to European Championship knockout stages in France.
However, he has played just 16 games since his switch from the Royals and lost his place in the starting XI to Steve Sidwell and Dale Stephens. Brighton have also signed Ingolstadt midfielder Pascal Gross so far this summer forcing him further down the pecking order.
Norwood’s knowledge of the English second tier will be invaluable to a Fulham team that are determined to gain promotion to the Premier League. The Cottagers narrowly missed out at the end of the last campaign, losing in the play-off semi-final to Sheffield Wednesday.
Manager Slavisa Jokanovic has been busy in the transfer market so far this summer after bringing in defensive midfielder Ibrahima Cisse from Standard Liege and Spanish centre-back Marcelo Djalo.
The Whites are still looking to strengthen before the traditional season curtain-raiser at home to Norwich City on August 5, with a central midfielder, a striker and a left-back believed to have been prioritised.
An agreement has reportedly been reached with French side Bordeaux for forward Diego Rolan, though the player seems to be delaying concluding the move.
Fulham fans will be hoping that Norwood is not as hesitant in finalising his arrival at Craven Cottage, allowing the player and club enough time to prepare for the ambitious task of challenging for promotion next season.