Newly promoted Fulham completed the signing of midfielder Jean Michael Seri from Nice on Thursday, with the Ivory Coast international penning a four-year deal at Craven Cottage.
The west London outfit confirmed the major move via their Twitter account, with Seri departing Nice after three seasons at the Ligue 1 club:
Fulham Football Club @FulhamFC
📰 Some #SERIous news to lift spirits… https://t.co/Gs6tfQgu7j
B/R Football @brfootball
OFFICIAL: Fulham announce the signing of Jean-Michael Seri from Nice https://t.co/rF8VKkRhsm
A statement on Fulham’s website provided comments from their newest recruit: “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.”
Seri will be a big loss for Nice. As Squawka highlighted, he has been a vital player for them in recent years:
Squawka Football @Squawka
Jean Michaël Seri has created more chances than any other Nice player in each of the past two Ligue 1 seasons:
2016/17: 74 🎯
2017/18: 65 🎯
He’s also played 1,025 passes more than his next teammate. 🕰 https://t.co/pavXp65fiL
He has impressed as a playmaking central midfielder, returning 12 goals and 20 assists in his three Ligue 1 campaigns.
At 26, Seri still has the potential to improve his game even more and should soon be reaching the peak years of his career.
It is not guaranteed Seri will be an immediate hit at Fulham. Having only previously played his European football in Ligue 1 and in Portugal’s Primeira Liga, with
But the Cottagers have done remarkably well to snap him up ahead of the likes of Sevilla, West Ham United and Chelsea, clubs MailOnline’s Simon Jones reported were also interested in the midfielder.