Fulham show Premier League ambitions as they land PSG keeper Areola on loan


Fulham have signed PSG goalkeeper Alphonse Areola on a season-long loan – with an option to make the deal permanent.

The Paris-born 27-year-old, capped three times by France, has also had temporary stints with Real Madrid, Villarreal, Bastia and Lens.

In total he has made 228 first-team appearances and spent last season with Real, four of his nine games coming in La Liga as they lifted the title.

Areola has won three Ligue 1 championships at PSG but dropped down the pecking order after the acquisition of Gianluigi Buffon.

The Whites have been keen to upgrade their options between the posts despite a promising breakthrough campaign by Marek Rodak. Fulham have cleared space in that department by loaning Marcus Bettinelli to Middlesbrough.

Areola said: “I am very happy everything is done. Scott Parker called me and I had a good feeling. He said he really wanted me.

“I hope this season will be a good one for us. I want to bring my energy and do everything for this team to keep us where we belong to be.”

Fulham have also allowed centre-back Alfie Mawson and Steven Sessegnon to join Bristol City on loan.

Both were back-up options in the second half of last season as the Whites won promotion via the play-offs. They host Arsenal tomorrow in their Premier League opener.

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