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Ryan Sessegnon favours a move to Liverpool over any other of the Premier League big boys.
The 17-year-old whizzkid is one of the most sought-after players on the planet after lighting up the Championship with Fulham.
He has bagged 10 goals in the last 12 Championship games and is wanted by Arsenal, Tottenham, Manchester United, Chelsea and Manchester City.
Express Sport understands Sessegnon could have moved on last summer but he signed a Fulham contract in a bid to get more first-team football.
Sessegnon’s worry before was that he would be dumped in the Under-23s of a top-tier side and it would stifle his development. But sources close to the player know he is now no longer a prodigy and is already the real deal.
The teenager may have signed a contract to keep him at Craven Cottage until 2020 but it’s now inevitable that bids will be tabled in the summer.
One of those is likely to come from Liverpool with Sessegnon a possible option to play on the left in their three-pronged attack.
And it’s understood from sources close to the player that a move to Anfield is something Sessegnon would be keen on – if Fulham don’t win promotion. Playing under Jurgen Klopp appeals to the youngster who grew up a boyhood Liverpool fan.
Sessegnon has played 34 times this season and while he believes he made the right choice in staying playing Premier League football is crucial to fulfilling his England ambitions.
On a possible move last summer, Sessegnon said last month: “It was flattering to be linked with other clubs but my main focus was on Fulham. My aim has always been to try and help the club get back into the Premier League.
“I didn’t pay too much attention to it. I’m always focused on my job at Fulham.
“As you can see in every league game I’ve started, each game I try to be better than the last. I’m enjoying having this good season. That is down to the game time I’m getting.”
The landscape could change, however, if Fulham go up. Sessegnon has helped his side into the play-off places and he would be more inclined to stay if Fulham win promotion.
There is no suggestion he is unhappy with life under Slavisa Jokanovic at all. Sessegnon has grown up playing for the club, lives in London and his twin brother Steven is alongside him in the Fulham ranks – but moves to one of the big boys will be hard to turn down.
Bookies this week slashed their odds on Sessegnon to make the England squad for the World Cup this summer and Jokanovic believes the player has what it takes to make it.
He said: “I started working with him when he was 16 years and two months or something like that and I believe he can be part of the English national team for the World Cup.
“I cannot recommend him to people but nobody can make mistakes with this kid. Experience is important but he is a really expert player for his age at this moment. I will repeat, if the national team don’t take this decision this time, they will push him for the next European tournament.
“It’s evident that if he doesn’t have any injury problems, he will be a top player. He is not a kid, he is a man and he gives myself, the club and his team-mates many things and we try to support him and make him still better than he is right now.”