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Fulham pull off huge coup with signing of £18m Jean-Michael Seri

Fulham have completed the signing of Nice midfielder Jean-Michael Seri for a fee of £18million on a four-year deal.

Seri has been linked with a move to the Premier League for some time, but the Cottagers have managed to fend off interest from Chelsea and Arsenal among others to sign him.

The 26-year-old was also subject to a bid from Borussia Dortmund but has always desired a move to the Premier League and new boys Fulham have taken the opportunity to show they mean business this season.

Jean-Michael Seri poses in Fulham kit after completing £18m move to Premier League

Jean-Michael Seri poses in Fulham kit after completing £18m move to Premier League

Jean-Michael Seri poses in Fulham kit after completing £18m move to Premier League

The midfielder has joined the Premier League new boys after spending three season with Nice

The midfielder has joined the Premier League new boys after spending three season with Nice

The midfielder has joined the Premier League new boys after spending three season with Nice

Fulham’s sporting director, Tony Khan, said: ‘I’m delighted to announce that Fulham has signed midfielder Jean-Michael Seri from Nice. 

‘He’s been at the very top of our target list for a long time. This is a big day for Fulham. We’re ecstatic that Jean-Michael is joining our squad as we return home to the Premier League.’

Seri helped Nice to an eighth place finish in Ligue 1 last season and has been one of the most in-demand players in Europe this summer after several successful years with the French side.

Chelsea had been favourites to land the midfielder but are now closing in on a deal for Napoli’s Jorginho, which left the door wide open for Fulham to swoop in.  

Seri also models the away kit after he signs for The Cottagers on a four-year contract

Seri also models the away kit after he signs for The Cottagers on a four-year contract

Seri also models the away kit after he signs for The Cottagers on a four-year contract

Speaking at Motspur Park on Thursday morning, Seri said: ‘It was a long day yesterday (Wednesday) so it was great to get the move finalised.

‘Now, I’m ready to get started and looking forward to meeting the squad and getting to know them, the Head Coach and his staff better.

‘I’m delighted to be here, it’s a new adventure that starts for me and I’m hoping it will all go well.’

Slavisa Jokanovic’s side have also completed their second summer signing in Seri’s Nice team-mate, Maxime Le Marchand.

Centre-back Maxime Le Marchand has joined Seri in moving from Nice to Fulham

Centre-back Maxime Le Marchand has joined Seri in moving from Nice to Fulham

Centre-back Maxime Le Marchand has joined Seri in moving from Nice to Fulham

The 28-year-old centre-back has spent his entire career playing in France but with over 80 appearances for Nice, he has established himself as one of the key figures in French football.

Speaking to Fulham about his move, he said: ‘I’m very happy to sign for Fulham, this is a big club that’s very popular.

‘I’m also happy to have joined up with a good friend, Jean Michaël Seri. I know that there is a lot of hard work ahead and I hope to bring my very best to this team.’

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