Fulham confident of keeping ALL players on loan including Josh Maja, Areola and Lemina if they beat Premier League drop


FULHAM is confident of convincing all of its loan stars to stay – if they beat the drop.

The Cottagers, who are in the relegation zone on goal difference, have SEVEN borrowed players who play regularly for boss Scott Parker.

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Josh Maja is one of the loan stars Fulham are looking to keepCredit: EPA

SunSport understands there is a growing belief that they can all re-sign next season if they stay in the Premier League.

They have options to buy four players on loan at the end of the season.

These include Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper Alphonse Areola, Turin defender Ola Aina, Bordeaux striker Josh Maja and Southampton midfielder Mario Lemina.

All four have contributed significantly this term with Areola and Aina helping Fulham to a 1-0 victory at Liverpool, where Lemina picked up the winner.

And striker Maja, who scored both goals in last month’s win at Everton, could stay whether or not Fulham retain their top-flight status.

The other three players on loan who have no options in their contracts are Lyon defender Joachim Andersen, RB Leipzig winger Ademola Lookman and Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

Lookman, 23, had four goals and three assists.

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Andersen, 24, named captain after just FOUR games, played a pivotal role.

When asked if he would join permanently if Fulham survived, he replied: “Yes, of course. It’s early to tell but I won’t rule anything out. I’m open.”

The club are also keen to keep 25-year-old Loftus-Cheek.

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