After being part of the Costa Rican team that defied the odds to reach the World Cup quarter finals, Fulham midfielder Bryan Ruiz has become one of the most sought after Championship players.

Besiktas, Olympiakos and Palermo have all taken up an interest in the tricky 28 year old, who was deemed surplus to requirements in the second half of the season whilst at Fulham. In the 2013-14 season, he made just 12 appearances for Fulham scoring once, before being taken on loan by Dutch side PSV, where his performances improved dramatically, playing 14 times and scoring on 5 occasions.

Ruiz’s recent World Cup form though, where he scored twice and was seen as the focal point of a terrific Costa Rican team, has seen his stock rise, and if he decides he wants to leave, Fulham may try and cash in and get back as much of the £10.6 million that they invested in him in the 2011 transfer window.

Fulham manager Felix Magath will have a hard time trying to keep hold of Ruiz, as the lure of European football at Besiktas, who have qualified for the Third qualifying round of the Champions League, and especially Olympiakos who won the Greek Super League last season and have therefore qualified for the group stages of the Champions League, may be the overall deciding factor in whether Bryan Ruiz stays or leaves.


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