Fulham complete loan signing of Lyon centre back Joachim Andersen as Danish international adds some much-needed steel to Scott Parker’s defence
- Fulham have signed 24-year-old Danish defender Joachim Andersen on loan
- The 24-year-old attracted interest from Italy but wants to move to England
- Scott Parker was looking for defensive options to shore up his leaky back four
Fulham have confirmed the loan signing of centre-back Joachim Andersen from Lyon.
The Denmark international, 24, will remain at the club for the duration of the 2020/21 campaign.
Andersen said: ‘I’m really happy to make this move. I’m looking forward to playing in the Premier League and playing for a nice club like Fulham.
Fulham have confirmed the loan signing of centre-back Joachim Andersen from Lyon
‘It’s a league I’ve been following since I was a child and it’s a big, big dream to play in the Premier League, so I’m looking forward to it.’
Tony Khan also commented: ‘I’m thrilled to announce the arrival of defender Joachim Andersen to Fulham Football Club on a season-long loan from Olympique Lyonnais.
‘Joachim has gained experience and built his reputation throughout top leagues in Europe, playing in Eredivisie, Serie A, and Ligue 1, and this past year at the highest level in Champions League.
‘He was a top target for us this summer, we worked hard to bring him here, and it’s so great that he’s joining us and that he wants to help us fight to maintain our status in the Premier League! Come on Fulham!’
The Denmark international will remain at the club for the duration of the 2020/21 campaign
Andersen began his career at FC Twente before joining Sampdoria in 2017.
There he established himself as one of the best young defenders in Serie A the following year, playing 32 times as the club finished ninth.
That form prompted Lyon to make him their record signing, agreeing a deal worth up to £25m to bring him to France.
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