Joe Bryan completes the last minute change from Bristol City to Fulham

Joe Bryan completes last-minute change from Bristol City to Fulham after Cottagers hijack the Aston Villa deal

  • Fulham beat Aston Villa to sign left-back Joe Bryan from the city of Bristol
  • The 24-year-old was on his way to Villa preparing to take a medical exam
  • Bryan has indicated to Villa that he would like the opportunity to play in the Premier League
  • Fulham improved his offer of outstanding player in the Championship last year

Simon Jones for MailOnline

Fulham kidnapped Joe Bryan's £ 6 million move to Aston Villa to complete an 11th left-back signing.

The Craven Cottage club had been frustrated in its attempts to sign Matt Targett of Southampton and made inquiries for Bryan initially last month.

Aston Villa was in pole position to sign Bryan and underwent a medical examination at Villa Park on Wednesday, but the championship team lost when Fulham emerged as late suitors.

Joe Bryan completed a last-minute change to Fulham, who defeated Aston Villa in his signature

Joe Bryan completed a last-minute change to Fulham, who defeated Aston Villa in his signature

Joe Bryan completed a last-minute change to Fulham, who defeated Aston Villa in his signature

Fulham had been frustrated in his search for Southampton left back Matthew Targett

Fulham had been frustrated in his search for Southampton left back Matthew Targett

Fulham had been frustrated in his search for Southampton left back Matthew Targett

It cost £ 6 million to the City of Bristol Award after an impressive season in 2017/2018

It cost £ 6 million to the City of Bristol Award after an impressive season in 2017/2018

It cost £ 6 million to the City of Bristol Award after an impressive season in 2017/2018

However, Bryan has indicated to Villa that he would like to have the opportunity to play in the Premier League and Fulham improved his offer.

The 24-year-old was a prominent player in the Championship last year and impressed Manchester City and Manchester United in the Carabao Cup.

Cameroon international midfielder Anguissa had planned to fly from France on Wednesday before talks with Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic, ready to add an extra bite to his team.

Jokanovic has seen Andre Schurrle, Alfie Mawson, Jean Michael Seri, Aleksandar Mitrovic and, more recently, Calum Chambers, defender of Arsenal, all come this summer but still want to strengthen the backbone of their team.

Ideally, you want a more cautious experience that your young squad may suffer with nerves in the Premier League stage. Fulham, however, has been interested in investing in youth.

Bryan had indicated that he wanted to play in the Premier League and Fulham's improved offer

Bryan had indicated that he wanted to play in the Premier League and Fulham's improved offer

Bryan had indicated that he wanted to play in the Premier League and Fulham's improved offer

Fulham had a busy day of transferring deadline, with Spanish goalkeeper Sergio Rico also joined

Fulham had a busy day of transferring deadline, with Spanish goalkeeper Sergio Rico also joined

Fulham had a busy day of transferring deadline, with Spanish goalkeeper Sergio Rico also joined

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