Fulham have signed USA international Antonee Robinson – and it’s been confirmed by The Athletic that he was someone Steve Bruce was hoping to bring to Newcastle United this summer.
The former Wigan left-back was available to sign at a bargain release clause of £1.9m and had been linked with the likes of ourselves, Sheffield United and West Brom.
It was reported that Fulham had blasted all three out of the water with a £50,000-per-week contract offer, however, and that’s where he’s ended up, with the Cottagers confirming the 22-year-old had signed a four-year-deal just yesterday.
As The Athletic’s Chris Waugh states above, we desperately need a new left-back this summer and he was one of our targets – but we’ve been beaten to his signature by a newly promoted Fulham.
Perhaps we have other irons in the fire or felt unable to pay the sort of wages Fulham were shelling out (which could be a damning sign in itself if true), however this did feel like the sort of bargain deal we should’ve pushed harder for given A) our limited budget, B) our need for a new long-term left-back and C) the fact a player of such big potential was available at such a low fee.
It wasn’t to be, but let’s hope we don’t live to regret this one ahead of the highly-rated Americans first season in the Premier League.