Premier League rivals beat Arsenal & Liverpool to Venezuelan star

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Fulham have reportedly won the race to Fernando Amorebieta from Athletic Bilbao in the summer transfer window, after the Venezuelan had initially been linked with a move to either Arsenal or Liverpool.

According to talkSPORT, the Cottagers have beaten Arsenal and Liverpool to the signature of Amorebieta, and the 28-year-old centre-back will move to Craven Cottage on a free transfer at the end of the season.

Arsene Wenger and Brendan Rodgers had both been credited with interest in Amorebieta, as both strive to reinforce their Arsenal and Liverpool squads respectively when the transfer window opens again in July.

Liverpool are seemingly likely to recruit a new centre-back with Jamie Carragher set to retire at the end of the current campaign, while Arsenal could be in the market for another defender with Laurent Koscielny a reported target for Bayern Munich.

However, Martin Jol has trumped his rivals in their apparent pursuit of Amorebieta, and sealing a deal for the Venezuela international will be seen as a significant coup for Fulham.

Amorebieta played a prominent role in helping Athletic Bilbao to the Europa League final last year, where they lost to Atletico Madrid, and the defender will follow fellow star Fernando Llorente out of the San Mames exit at the end of the season.

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