Following the signing of Nice midfielder Jean Michael Seri, the Fulham to stay up odds are 1/2.

Slaviša Jokanović’s Premier League newcomers announced the purchase of the Ivorian midfielder on Thursday morning for a reported fee of £18m.

Last year Seri was inches away from securing a move to Barcelona, with Nice president Jean-Pierre Rivere claiming his Catalan counter-part Josep Bartomeu had expressed his ’embarrassment’ at bungling the transfer.

Nice had agreed a deal to see him play for the Blaugrana, but it failed to materialise. The 26-year-old stayed with the Ligue 1 side for another season before joining Fulham for the start of their Premier League adventure.

In what has been described as a huge coup by supporters, Seri has signed a four year contract til 2022 with the option to extend for a further year.

Fulham have also completed a deal for Seri’s former Nice team-mate Maxime le Marchand.

These two pieces of business add real quality and guile to a side that won promotion through the Championship play-offs.

While Fulham odds to stay up stand at 1/2, their top half finish odds are betting at 5/1.

Encouragingly for Fulham’s odds of finishing in the top half, Newcastle came up and secured a top 10 finish at the first time of asking last season.

West Ham managed that feat as well back in 2012/13 whilst Birmingham City finished 9th in 2009/10.

An impossible feat it is not.

Other promoted teams have come close over the last 10 seasons too with Norwich (2011/12) and West Brom (2010/11)  missing out on a top ten finish as result of an inferior goal difference and Swansea (2011/12) by the infuriating margin of a single goal scored.

Crystal Palace (2013/13) were another side to finish 11th in their first season following promotion.

Our betting prediction is a Fulham top half finish in 2018/19 – a pick at 5/1.