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First refusal on Eastleigh striker

Eastleigh, of the Conference South, have offered Fulham first refusal on their young forward Sam Wilson, following a successful trial for the West Londoners, the Southern Daily Echo have confirmed.

When pitted against Portsmouth's academy side, Wilson impressed the Fulham staff, scoring two goals which greatly aided a substantial 4-1 victory for the Whites.

Lengthy talks ensued and both clubs agreed on a first refusal route, in which no other club will get ahead of Fulham in the race for Wilson's signature. This deal will last until the end of 2011.

Eastleigh director of football, Dave Malone, said:

'Fulham were very, very impressed with Sam and they will continue to monitor his progress in the coming months.

'We have agreed with Fulham that we will not covet interest in the player from other clubs for a period of time and we will review that situation in the new year.'

That we didn't offer the youngster a contract immediately has to make you ask certain questions, however.