One of the best young American prospects in Europe is drawing a considerable amount of attention this summer, and it could lead to a transfer if his club agrees to sell him.
Fulham and U.S. under-20 national team midfielder Emerson Hyndman is entering the final year of his contract with the Championship side and after impressing at the Under-20 World Cup, the interest in his services now includes clubs from several top leagues, sources have confirmed to Goal USA.
Clubs from the top flights in England, Spain, Germany and the Netherlands have made inquiries about acquiring the 19-year-old midfielder, but no team has been able to meet Fulham’s asking price yet.
Last winter, Spanish clubs Almeria and Elche attempted to acquire Hyndman on loan, but were both turned down. Dutch club SC Cambuur also had a loan offer rejected. More recently, German side VfB Stuttgart has been among the teams to make an offer for Hyndman.
Regarded as one of Fulham’s top prospects, Hyndman made his first-team debut last season and saw considerable playing time as an 18-year-old in the first half of last season. Under-20 national team commitments and injury cost him the majority of the second half of the season. Earlier this summer, Hyndman served as captain of the U.S. under-20 team that reached the quarterfinals of the Under-20 World Cup.
It remains unclear whether Fulham sees Hyndman as a starter in the upcoming season, or if the club is simply trying to bargain for a better sale price on a player who will be available on a free transfer next summer. As it stands, it is looking more and more like Hyndman won't be with Fulham for long. What remains to be seen is whether his departure takes place this summer or next summer.