Fulham get striker 'first refusal'

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Fulham have been handed 'first refusal' over Eastleigh striker Sam Wilson.

The 17-year-old recently enjoyed a trial period with the Cottagers, suitably impressing the club hierarchy with a brace for their academy side in a 4-1 win over Portsmouth.

And whilst Martin Jol's side haven't instantly snapped-up the teenager, the Blue Square South side have come to an agreement with the Barclays Premier League outfit that they will not tout the player to other clubs until after the New Year.

"Fulham were very, very impressed with Sam and they will continue to monitor his progress in the coming months," director of football Dave Malone confirmed when speaking to the Southern Daily Echo.


"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."

Wilson scored ten goals in 19 appearances for the Eastleigh reserve team last season, and made his senior debut in the Hampshire Senior Cup tie with Havant & Waterlooville in January.

He came off the bench to make his league debut in the 2-0 home defeat to Basingstoke Town on the opening day of the new season, but could be destined for bigger things after making an impression at Craven Cottage.

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