Buttner to Fulham back on after Southampton deal falls through

VENLO, NETHERLANDS - APRIL 12: Yanic Wildschut of VVV Venlo and Alexander Buttner of Vitesse battle for the ball during the Eredivisie match between VVV Venlo and Vitesse Arnhem at Seacon Stadium De Koel on April 12, 2012 in Venlo, Netherlands. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

The agent of Vitesse Arnhem full-back Alexander Buttner has claimed that Fulham are "very serious" with their reported interest in his client, suggesting a deal could well be imminent.

The defender, who has been strongly linked with Fulham over the course of the summer, was known to be keen on joining Southampton and a deal between both Saints and Vitesse appeared firmly in place just over a week ago. However, despite Buttner's assertions that St Mary's was his preferred destination, the transfer broke down after interference from a third party.

This has re-opened the door for Martin Jol, who sees the defender as a perfect acquisition. The Dutchman had a bid rejected before the Saints interest came to light but, with these latest revelations, another offer could be on the cards from Fulham.

"At the end, we didn't come to a deal with Southampton and Vitesse," Alexander Busac, the player's representative, told De Telegraaf. "We look ahead and happily there is a lot of interest.

"Hannover and Fulham are very serious.

"Two French clubs have confirmed by mail they are looking to sign Buttner, but haven't made a bid. Within the next [few] days they will contact Vitesse."

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