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Fulham close to deal for Arsenal full-back Cedric

Published on: 25 January 2023

Cedric Soares initially joined Arsenal on loan in January 2020 before signing a permanent deal that summer

Arsenal full-back Cedric Soares is moving closer to completing a move to Fulham.

The two clubs are in talks over a move for the 31-year-old - which may be a loan or permanent deal - and it could be agreed by the end of the week.

BBC Sport understands Cedric's £100,000-a-week wages are one of the issues holding up the deal.

Cedric, whose contract runs until 2024, has made two Premier League appearances for leaders Arsenal this season.

Fulham manager Marco Silva is keen to sign the defender to add experience and versatility to his squad. The pair have worked together before while Silva was manager of Sporting Lisbon.

Another potential hurdle is that Fulham already have defender Shane Duffy on loan from Brighton and forward Dan James on loan from Leeds, with rules stating clubs can only have two loanees from other Premier League clubs.

Fulham are performing above expectations in the league and are seventh after 21 games.

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