Tottenham Hotspur have expressed an interest in Shakhtar Donetsk’s Manor Solomon, who is currently on loan at Premier League club Fulham.
Due to the ongoing conflict in the Ukraine region, FIFA had ruled last year that all foreign players based in Ukraine and Russia will be able to temporarily suspend their contracts with their respective clubs for a year. Solomon did so and joined Fulham on a year-long loan.
Earlier this week, FIFA announced that these players can suspend their contracts for another year. This would allow Solomon to be a free agent in the summer as his contract was ending in December 2023 anyway.
Fulham want to sign Solomon on a permanent deal in the summer on a free transfer as it has been confirmed that he will leave the Ukrainian side.
But news outlet The Athletic have reported that Tottenham are the frontrunners to sign Solomon if he were to leave Fulham. Spurs are reportedly preparing an offer for the Israeli winger.
Solomon’s availability has piqued the interest of many clubs across Europe as clubs see him as a bargain as a result of his suspended contract.
He would become the first signing of the summer for Tottenham, if he were to agree a deal. But with no new sporting director or manager hired by Tottenham yet, it is a huge risk to recruit any new players as they may not align with the incoming manager’s vision for the club.
This indecision or delay may lead to Solomon choosing to stay at Fulham over Spurs as a pre-existent relationship with Fulham and boss Marco Silva provides better stability to the player.
Fulham nearly signed Solomon on a permanent deal last summer but the deal collapsed due to the aforementioned ruling by FIFA and the Cottagers ended up signing him on loan instead.
Solomon had a tough start to life in west London as he got injured very early on in the season. But the Israeli managed to make his way back into the team, often making an impact as a substitute scoring in five consecutive matches in February and March.