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Cottagers confirmed £35m transfer coup

Fulham have beaten off a host of European heavyweights to complete the signing of Jean-Micheal Seri from Nice on a four-year deal.

The Cottagers are understood to have paid £35 million to land one of the hottest properties in Europe with the likes of Barcelona, Arsenal, Tottenham and Sevilla having all been chasing the 26-year-old.

The Ivory Coast international has impressed for Nice since joining the French outfit in 2015, playing a key role in the side that challenged for the Ligue 1 title in the 2016/17 season.

Seri has finished the last two campaigns top of the passes completed standings in the French top flight and leaves Nice having made 103 appearances, scoring 12 goals.

Fulham Director of Football operations Tony Khan says Seri has been the club's top target since they secured promotion and is over the moon to see him making the move to Craven Cottage.

Khan said: "Jean Michael arrives with Premier League qualities as well as great promise for the future, which is why he has been at the very top of our target list for a long time."

Seri says he is excited about the challenge of playing Premier League football and is eager to get going for the Cottagers.

Seri told Fulham's website: "It was a long day yesterday so it was great to get the move finalised.

"Now, I'm ready to get started and looking forward to meeting the squad and getting to know them, the Head Coach and his staff better.

"I'm delighted to be here, it's a new adventure that starts for me and I'm hoping it will all go well."

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