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Fulham talks with Michel Bastos fall through

Bastos could instead move to the UAE
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Lyon winger Michel Bastos will remain in France after talks fell through with Premier League side Fulham over a potential loan deal.

Bastos’ agent had confirmed that the Brazilian was in discussions with two Premier League clubs and the Rhone side had agreed terms with Fulham over a temporary transfer of the Seleção international.

However, the player turned down the move, opting to bide his time at Stade Gerland with the potential to join United Arab Emirates side Al Ain.

Emmanuel De Kerchove, Bastos’ agent, said earlier: "The market in the UAE closes in one month so there is not the same urgency.

"At this moment we have different options for him but I think it is close.

"He is discussing with two clubs in England and Fulham is one of them. But at the moment I would prefer not to say the other one. We will see what happens as the day goes on."

The other unnamed Premier League club who were in contention to sign the versatile left-sided player, who has won 10 international caps, was rumoured to be Liverpool.

Bastos joined Lyon from Lille in 2009 and has scored twice in two substitute appearances for the Ligue 1 side this season.


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