United Duo Sign

Saturday 1 February 2014 00:25

Fulham Football Club is delighted to announce two further midfield signings for an undisclosed fee, from Manchester United.

Ryan Tunnicliffe and Larnell Cole join on deals until the summer of 2017, with options for a further year.

Tunnicliffe, 21, spent time on loan at Peterborough United, Barnsley and, most recently, this season at Ipswich Town. He made his first-team debut for Manchester United in the 2-1 League Cup win against Newcastle United in 2012.

Cole, 20, arrived as a schoolboy at Manchester United before progressing through the academy. He made his senior debut for United when coming on as a second-half substitute in a League Cup win against Leeds United in 2011. Cole scored a brace in the 3-2 victory against Tottenham Hotspur in last season’s Under-21 Final.

The highly-rated young players have worked with Fulham Head Coach René Meulensteen during his time at Old Trafford and they have both represented England at youth level.

Fulham's staff travelled to Manchester to conduct Cole's medical so he was unavailable for photos or comment but, on completion of the deal, Tunnicliffe told the official website: "I’ve known René since I was nine and there was talk when he took over that he was interested in me, so it’s just picked up steam this week really and I’m here now and glad to sign.

"René didn’t have to sell Fulham to me, for a start they’re in the Premier League and I want to play at the highest level. I know René and I know he’s a great coach so I’m just excited to work for him. Fulham’s a great club anyway – they’ve been in the Premier League for a long time now and I just can’t wait to get started.

"I want to play at the highest level I possibly can and, to me, that’s the Premier League because it’s the best league in the world. I want to play as many games as I can and improve as a player because I’m only young, and we’ll see where we go from there."