Fulham are preparing to trigger a release clause in Joe Bennett’s contract which could see the defender join the cottagers for a £2m fee, according to The Mail Online. 

The Londoners tried to sign Bennett from Cardiff last summer but failed in their attempts, however Slavisa Jokanovic is ready to make a fresh approach for his long term target.

Bennett has one year left on his current contract at the Cardiff City Stadium, and manager Neil Warnock has made it clear that he wants his left back to stay.

He made 37 appearances in the Championship for the Bluebirds last campaign scoring a single goal and was instrumental in helping the Welsh side finish in the automatic promotion places.

The defender joined the club from Aston Villa in 2016 and has gone on to make 66 appearances for the club, scoring four goals in total.

He has also represented England at a number of youth levels, including U20’s and the U21’s.

Both Cardiff and Fulham will be playing in the Premier League next season, and both will be keen to bolster their squad ahead of the new season.

The Cottagers recently lost Ryan Fredericks to West Ham United so Jokanovic will be keen to sign a new full back to provide some squad depth.

Bennett is no stranger to the Premier League after spending four years with Villa in the top flight, however he was restricted to just 30 appearances.

At just £2m it would be a bargain for Fulham if they were to get their man, but Neil Warnock will be desperate to hold on to his defender as they prepare for the Premier League.

 

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