Fulham and Nottingham Forest in transfer race to sign £12million Lille midfield star Yusuf Yazici

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Fulham and Nottingham Forest are competing to sign £12million Lille midfield ace Yusuf Yazici.

The Turkey international helped his French club pip Paris Saint-Germain to the 2021 Ligue 1 title.

Yazici in action for Lille against Celtic in the Europa League

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Yazici in action for Lille against Celtic in the Europa LeagueCredit: EPA

He has spent the last six months on loan to CSKA Moscow, scoring eight goals in 12 games for the Russian Premier League side.

Yazici, 25, returned to Lille last month. Reports in Turkey and Russia have since linked him with the two Premier League newcomers.

The attacking midfielder’s agent Adam Chebedzhi said: “Yes, Fulham and Nottingham Forest are interested in Yusuf.

“Now the clubs are negotiating.

“But I want to say again that CSKA will hold a special place in our hearts.”

Yazici, a Manchester United target in 2019, has won 39 caps for Turkey.

He began his career with hometown club Trabzonspor, and Lille paid the Super Lig outfit a record £15m for him three years ago.

The 39-cap international has two years left on his contract with Lille.

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But his club future is unclear, with former coach Jocelyn Gourvennec loaning him out in January before being replaced by Paulo Fonseca last month.

Fulham boss Marco Silva and Forest chief Steve Cooper are both strengthening their squads following promotion in May.

And Lille, who finished a disappointing tenth last season, will cash in on the Turkish talisman to fund a raft of new signings.

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