Fulham beat Chelsea to signing of Nice star Jean-Michael Seri

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Jean-Michel Seri is set to join the Cottagers.

Fulham have announced the signing of Ivory Coast midfielder Jean-Michael Seri from French side Nice.

The 26-year-old has agreed a four-year deal with the Cottagers, subject to international clearance and a work permit.

“It was great to get the move finalised,” Seri told Fulham’s official website.

“Now, 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.”

The midfielder’s contract runs until June 2022, with the Cottagers holding an option of a 12-month extension.

Fulham said they beat a “host of top European sides” to signing Seri, who was reportedly coveted by neighbours Chelsea, among others.

Seri added: “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 began his career playing domestic football in the Ivory Coast, before a loan spell with Porto’s B team and a subsequent spell with Pacos de Ferreira in Portugal’s Primeira Liga.

Impressing in two seasons with Pacos de Ferreira, he then signed for Nice and enhanced his reputation.

One of his 12 goals for Nice was the back-heel which knocked out Ajax and took the Ligue 1 side to the Champions League.

Fulham, promoted through the Sky Bet Championship play-offs under Slavisa Jokanovic in May, swiftly announced a second signing from Nice.

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