According to an exclusive TEAMtalk report, Fulham are leading the race to sign Everton midfielder Muhamed Besic.

The defensive-minded midfielder, who has been capped 40 times by the Bosnian national team, spent last season on loan at fellow promotion hopefuls Middlesbrough.

The 26-year-old was a key cog in Tony Pulis’ packed midfield playing 37 Championship matches for the Teessiders and bagging two goals.

His performances for Boro failed to earn him a spot in Marco Silva’s plans next season at Goodison Park and after spending two seasons out on loan in the Championship, Besic will be looking for a permanent move away from Merseyside this summer.

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Fulham are said to be leading the race for the 26-year-old and are happy to pay the £5 million asking price in order to bring the midfielder to Craven Cottage this summer.

Besic would link up with club captain and fan favourite Tom Cairney in the midfield as well as Jean Michel Seri, should the 27-year-old Ivorian opt to stay in West London instead of seeking a move elsewhere.

The news of Fulham’s interest in Besic is yet another sign of intent from Scott Parker after tieing last season’s talismanic top scorer Aleksandar Mitrovic to a new contract in the week.

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Fulham have also been linked with an ambitious £15 million move for Brighton winger Anthony Knockaert, who tore up the Championship with the Seagulls during their 2015/16 promotion season, although at this moment in time it is the transfer of Muhamed Besic that looks most likely to go through.

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