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George Weah for The Cottage

last updated Saturday 17th June 2000, 10:00 AM

Fulham are set to make a dramatic bid to bring former World Player of the Year George Weah to Craven Cottage.

George WeahInsiders at the club say they have already approached Weah's agent about a possible deal and want to set up a meeting when the Liberian returns from international duty next week.

The inspirational hitman is subject to increased transfer speculation and the Craven Cottage outfit will face tough competition in trying to capture one of the games biggest names.

Chelsea have already stated that they are interested in signing him after a successful spell on loan from AC Milan and a number of clubs in France and the United States have also shown an interest.

Fulham can offer Weah guaranteed first team football, a route into coaching and the chance to link up with new manager Jean Tigana, whom he knows well having played in France himself.

If Weah does arrive at Fulham it will probably be on a loan basis, but Fulham say they are willing to pay the Liberian's £35,000 a week wages in full.

George Weah
Club: AC Milan
Date of Birth:  
Birthplace: Liberia
Club Honours: 1995 World Footballer of Year
International Honours: Liberia: Full
Transfers: Chelsea (Loaned from AC Milan, via Paris St Germain and Monaco, on 11/1/00)

George joined Chelsea on loan from AC Milan during January in an attempt to score some of the goals that Chelsea have been creating (35 at Bradford with one goal!).

A proven goalscorer, George was voted World Player of the Year in 1995. A Liberian International, he is well known for his pace and dribbling ability as well as his goalscoring record which has seen him score over 120 goals during spells in France and Italy.

Now aged 33, George had been relegated to fourth choice striker in the Milan side following the signings of Schevchenco and Jose Maria. Although preferring to stay in Italy, Milan would not allow this and so the Premiership has the chance to see one of the world's best strikers of the past ten years.

He played in the Champions League for Milan this season so could not play in this competition for the Blues. Made an immediate impact when scoring on his debut, coming off the bench to head home an 97th minute winner against Spurs at Stamford Bridge.

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