West Ham United transfer target Aleksandar Mitrovic will not rock the boat at Fulham by demanding a move this summer, according to the Daily Star.
The newspaper claims that the Serbian international will instead allow Cottagers boss, and former Hammer, Scott Parker to decide his future.
Parker wants to keep hold of his best players ready for an assault on promotion straight back to the Premier League, but has intimated that he won’t stand in the way of dream moves for his star men.
Brighton & Hove Albion and Watford are also said to be interested in the 24-year-old, who bagged 11 goals in 37 games for the doomed Londoners this season.
This is an interesting update and is not something we usually hear about players in relegated teams. Usually they want to leave their club to remain in the top flight at whatever cost, but Mitrovic is clearly keen to avoid burning bridges after the investment Fulham made in him last summer. However, West Ham may be helped here by the fact that Parker isn’t willing to stand in the way if his players really want a move away. He doesn’t want unhappy players at Craven Cottage, which could help the Hammers secure the former Newcastle United man. They would certainly appear to be the most likely of the three teams to sign Mitrovic this summer. Watford would be stiff opposition, but the size of West Ham as a football club should trump what the FA Cup finalists have to offer. Brighton, on the other hand, should be no competition really. While this initially looks like bad news for any side trying to bring Mitrovic in, it’s ultimately not a death blow to any of their chances of signing him.