Despite considerable interest in his services from teams throughout Europe, Emerson Hyndman will be staying put.
The U.S. Under-20 national team captain will be staying at Fulham through the transfer deadline, sources confirmed to Goal USA on Monday. Fulham turned down a number of transfer and loan requests for Hyndman, but ultimately decided to keep their academy product at Craven Cottage.
Hyndman, 19, is in the final year of his deal at Fulham after failing to reach an agreement on a new contract. After helping the U.S. U-20 team reach the quarterfinals of the U-20 World Cup, he received interest from several clubs, including loan offers from Spanish club Elche and Dutch side Cambuur.
The decision to hold on to Hyndman also comes as a surprise given the fact he has not featured on the first team this season. Hyndman doesn't appear to be in the plans of head coach Kit Symons. Fulham has endured a disappointing start to the League Championship season, going winless in its first four matches, but the Cottagers snapped that skid with a 3-1 win against Rotherham on Saturday.
Hyndman is currently in camp with the U.S. U-23 team for a pair of friendlies a month before CONCACAF Olympic qualifying starts in October. Hyndman is one of several members of the U.S. U-20 World Cup team called into the squad.
What does the future hold for Hyndman? If he doesn't come to an agreement on a new contract with Fulham, he could leave the London club on a free transfer next summer, and he could sign a pre-contract with a new team as soon as January. With first-team minutes looking scarce, Hyndman will have to settle for regular playing time with the Fulham U-21 team for the time being.