Palermo set to meet with Fulham's World Cup star

Bryan Ruiz

Fulham's Bryan Ruiz was one of the surprise stars of the World Cup and it seems his agent is ready to talk to Serie A side Palermo.

Costa Rica shocked everyone with their performances in Brazil and they had an unlikely hero in Bryan Ruiz, who has now emerged as a transfer target for several sides.

Ruiz signed for Fulham in 2011 from FC Twente but only managed eight goals in 68 appearances for the West London side.

In January, Fulham loaned the 28-year-old out to Dutch team PSV Eindhoven and very few fans at Craven Cottage complained at the decision.

But after scoring a crucial goal for Costa Rica against Italy and providing an assist in the last 16 win over Greece, Ruiz has seen his stock shoot up.

According to reports in Italy, Serie A new boys Palermo are one of several Italian clubs who would like to add Ruiz to their squad for next season and they are set to begin talks.

The Sicilian club have just returned to the top flight after a spell in Serie B and will be looking to find players who can keep them afloat next term.

It is suggested that the stumbling block could lie in the striker's wage bill, which is believed to be just under £1.2 million.

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Palermo don't have the greatest financial resources at their disposal and wouldn't be able to match that sum, but talks may begin this week to try and find the basic terms of an agreement.

Ruiz's contract expires in June 2015 and it is possible that Palermo can take advantage of that fact as leverage for some kind of deal.

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