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Fulham, Newcastle and Spurs interested in £3.2 million-rated 18 year-old

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Varying reports suggest Jol has tabled a bid for Zulte Waregem defensive midfielder, Junior Malanda

Ian Walton

Fulham are known to be interested in Junior Malanda, an 18 year-old anchor man plying his trade with Zulte Waregem in Belgium.

Malanda is a stalwart in a remarkable Zulte side currently vying with Anderlecht for the top spot in the Belgian Jupiler Pro League.

Club Brugge are also known to be interested in Malanda, but the player, signed from Lille for merely £100,000 in 2012, would prefer a move to the more reputable England.

Everton, Newcastle and Tottenham Hotspur are all believed to have sent scouts to watch the Belgian but have yet to make any signals of intent.

The Times have suggested a £3.2 million price tag has been placed on the youngster's head while, elsewhere, it is reported that Jol has already shown his hand with a £4.5 million bid.

Either way, the 14 stone midfielder is attracting a lot of attention and with Jol still eager to implement a younger starting eleven, Malanda is very much a viable prospect.