Speculation stemming from the English media this weekend suggests that another pair of Premier League clubs have joined the race to sign Joachim Andersen.
Danish international Andersen has of course been plying his trade in England since last summer.
On the back of a difficult debut campaign with Lyon, just 12 months on from the Ligue 1 giants breaking their club-record transfer fee on his signature, the 24-year-old linked up with Fulham on a season-long loan.
And the months since, for the most part, have since seen Andersen go on to showcase exactly why Lyon proved so keen to bring him to France in the first place.
The former Sampdoria man has established himself as an integral member of Scott Parker’s backline at Craven Cottage, amid Fulham’s battle against the drop.
Andersen’s leadership and passing qualities have proven a particular highlight, with the stopper, all told, having racked up a goal and an assist across 27 league appearances to date.
Lookman opens the scoring as Fulham take the lead but what about that pass from Andersen…😍
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) February 20, 2021
In turn, amid such an impressive start to life in England, speculation has inevitably already begun to spread surrounding Andersen’s future beyond the summer.
Fulham will no doubt be keen to hold onto the 24-year-old, but a permanent Craven Cottage switch actually coming to fruition, particularly if the capital outfit are relegated, looks altogether unlikely.
Andersen’s initial struggles to settle in France, though, could see Lyon attempt to cash in on their on-loan defender, whilst his transfer value remains high.
And, as outlined above, if OL do indeed opt to cut their losses, then it does not look like they will be short on suitors.
Recent weeks have seen the likes of Manchester United, Tottenham and Leicester City all named as keen on Andersen’s signature.
— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) April 8, 2021
And, this weekend, another pair of Premier League clubs have been added to this list.
As per a report from The Mirror, both Arsenal and West Ham United have now made clear their interest in bringing in the gifted Dane.
The former are said to be eyeing a replacement for the outgoing David Luiz, whilst David Moyes’ Hammers will evidently require reinforcement if a European berth is secured for next season.
Significantly, it is also suggested that Andersen himself is keen to remain in England, with a sum of around £20 million likely to be enough to coax Lyon into a sale.
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This article was edited by Josh Barker.
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