Exclusive: Euro side open pre-contract talks with Fulham midfielder
Genk have opened talks with highly-rated Fulham midfielder Matt O’Riley over signing a pre-contract agreement this month, Football Insider understands.
The 19-year-old is out of contract at Craven Cottage this summer and is free to negotiate with foreign clubs about a possible move away from the Londoners.
A source in Belgium has told Football Insider that Genk are aiming to steal a march on rivals in the race for O’Riley’s signature by opening discussions with the talented 19-year-old.
Genk are hoping to persuade the teenager to leave Fulham and move to Belgium by offering him a quicker pathway to first-team football, with opportunities limited under Scott Parker.
Having made his senior debut in the League Cup back in 2017, the England Under-18 international has gone on to make five first-team appearances for the club, his first Championship outing coming earlier this month against Reading.
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Genk sit sixth in the Belgian top-flight table, 18 points behind league leaders Club Brugge, while they finished bottom of a group including Liverpool, Napoli and RB Leipzig.
In other Fulham news, it can be REVEALED that the club are lining up a Rangers first-teamer this month.