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Costa Rica winger set to become highest paid player in Craven Cottagers' history

By Wayne Veysey | Chief correspondent

Fulham are closing in on the signing of winger Bryan Ruiz after agreeing a £10.6million fee with his club FC Twente, Goal.com can confirm.

The Costa Rica star left Holland on Tuesday night to fly to London, where he will finalise personal terms with Fulham officials and undergo a medical.

Goal.com understands that Ruiz has agreed a package that will make him the highest paid player in Fulham's history. The club's current top earner, believed to be Bobby Zamora, earns £45,000-a-week.

The fee agreed is also third only to the £13m paid to Everton for Andy Johnson in 2008 and the £11.5m paid to Lyon for Steve Marlet seven years earlier.

Fulham's swoop for Ruiz is a huge boost for manager Martin Jol, who has become a big admirer of the 26-year-old following his performances in the Eredivisie over the last two seasons.

It has been widely speculated that Ruiz has been earmarked as a replacement for Clint Dempsey.

Goal.com revealed earlier on Tuesday that Arsenal are among the clubs to have enquired about the versatile American.

But it is understood that Dempsey is not close to a move to another club, either in the Premier League or elsewhere in Europe, and Jol is hopeful that he will be able to count on both players for his team's next match against Blackburn Rovers on September 11.

Ruiz will provide the Fulham manager with greater firepower up front, where he is expected to play in a wide attacking midfield role.

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