Scott Parker expects Ryan Sessegnon to stay


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Scott Parker says he ‘fully expects’ Ryan Sessegnon to stay at Fulham as they try and achieve promotion back to the Premier League this season.

The Craven Cottage outfit were relegated straight back down to the Championship last term, with Parker ending up as manager after Slavisa Jokanovic and Claudio Ranieri both departed in a dismal season. Winger Sessegnon has been a reported target for Tottenham Hotspur this summer.

He is currently in rehabilitation for an injury he picked up in the European Under-21 Finals this summer with England but is close to a return and his manager doesn’t forecast any departure happening soon. “He’s rehabbing back to a point where he can feature. We’ll try everything we can [to keep him],” said Parker.

“We’ll see what will happen from there but at this present time, with 10 days [of the transfer window] to go, he’s a Fulham player and we fully expect him to rehab back from his injury and play a big part.”

Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino is reportedly hoping he will be able to land the youngster for just £25million – despite the Cottagers demanding £40million for their asset. Meanwhile Parker is being linked with a move for out of favour Bournemouth midfielder Harry Arter.

The Republic of Ireland international is Parker’s brother-in-law and could be seeking first-team football. Arter spent last season on loan at Cardiff City, where he made 25 appearances. Eddie Howe is willing to move Arter on, with the Cherries set to demand around £8million for the 29-year-old.

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