Exeter City Plotting Move For Premier League Midfielder

Exeter City have been linked with a move for Fulham midfielder Luke Harris, with an announcement expected to be made in the coming week, according to Devon Live.

The news comes after an interview with Grecians manager Gary Caldwell regarding the rest of the transfer window following Exeter’s loss to Coventry in their final pre-season outing.

One of the names that has been linked with a move to St James Park is Fulham midfielder Luke Harris. The 18-year-old is however currently in the USA with the Premier League side for pre-season, so is not expected to be announced until later in the week.

The Welshman made three substitute Premier League appearances for the London side last season, but the club believe that a loan move will help accelerate the youngster’s growth. The two clubs have had a good relationship in the past and that relationship was no doubt boosted last season through the loan move of Jay Stansfield.

Stansfield racked up nine goals and seven assists when on loan with the Grecians last season and looked a far better player when leaving the Devonshire side than prior to joining. Now with senior experience, the striker may be knocking on the door at Craven Cottage. Both clubs will be hoping for the same result with Harris, who at just 18 years of age, has bundles of potential.

Who is Luke Harris?

Relatively unknown in the senior ranks, Harris has spent his entire career with Fulham. Following a frankly incredible spell for the under-21 side in the Premier League 2, the Welshman deservedly earned a call up to the senior squad and now has five appearances across all competitions for the first team to his name. The Welshman has also been capped for the national side up to the under-19 level, and it will not be too long until we see him in the conversation for a place in the senior side. Harris most commonly plays as an advanced midfielder and his creative output was on full show for Fulham’s under-21s. In 35 appearances, the youngster scored 25 times and supplied five assists, if able to translate some of those numbers over to the senior ranks, then the midfielder will have an extremely successful career in years to come.

What’s been said?

Regarding his transfer plans for the rest of the summer window, manager Gary Caldwell said:

“We are hopeful of one or two next week.

“We will work throughout and to the end of the window to add and create competition. We have a good group here, and the important thing is to add to the group where we can.”

Writer’s view

Harris is held in an extremely high regard, and could have a huge impact if joining Exeter on loan for the forthcoming season. A loan move makes sense in order to gain senior experience before potentially breaking into Fulham’s first team in years to come. The two clubs already have a good relationship with loans and this move may take that relationship to new heights.

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