Cottagers braced for interest in Sessegnon
Fulham face an uphill battle to keep Ryan Sessegnon this summer after their relegation from the Premier League was confirmed.
The Cottagers one-season stay in the top-flight was brought to an end on Tuesday following their 4-1 loss at Watford and they look set to see a number of their players leave over the coming months.
Highly-rated teenager Sessegnon is likely to be one of the players that attracts the most interest, although Fulham may struggle to get the reported £50million they were asking for last summer – a fee that put many clubs off.
A lack of form and the fact he will be entering the final year of his contract are among the reasons Sessegnon is likely to be available for a cheaper fee, although the 18-year-old has been with Fulham since he was eight and there are no guarantees he will try and force through a move.
Indeed, the England under-21 international's focus, for the time being, remains firmly on helping Fulham enjoy a productive end to the campaign.
Speaking on social media, Sessegnon said: "Last year we achieved something that I had been dreaming of as a Fulham player. There was no better feeling for me than getting the club I've been at I was a kid back to the Prem.
"We knew this season would be a massive test but are gutted that it has ended like this. We knew all season we weren't good enough and ultimately paid the price for it.
"All we can do now is try and finish the season on a high."
Tom McGarry completed his sports journalist degree in 2011,and has since has become an integral part of the editorial and audio team. He is passionate about all things sport, particularly football, and is a lifelong supporter of his hometown club Carlisle United.