Fulham finally land McDonald

by Dan on July 22, 2016

Fulham have finally completed a deal to land long-term target Kevin McDonald, who arrives from Wolves, for a fee believed to be in the region of £1.25m.

The 27 year-old Scottish midfielder was close to joining the Cottagers a year ago but the proposed deal collapsed over differences in valuations between the sides. McDonald returned to the Midlands and became a key figure in Kenny Jackett’s side – starring in Wolves’ win at Craven Cottage last season – but didn’t play for the first team again after being taken off at half-time against Bristol City, fuelling rumours of a feud between him and the manager.

McDonald, who helped Wolves to the League One title in 2013/2014 as they set a new points record for the division, arrives at Fulham with a reputation as one of the Championship’s most precise passers of a ball, but also as a strong protector of the back four. The former Dundee midfielder has signed a three-year deal with the Whites, with the club retaining an option to extend that by a further twelve months.

He told the club’s official website:

“I am absolutely delighted to get it over the line. It’s a real privilege to be part of this club and I cannot wait to get started.”

McDonald, who scored memorable goals against Arsenal during his time at Burnley, made 77 appearances during a spell at Sheffield United and teams up with former Wolves team-mate Richard Stearman in London.

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Amorebieta heads back to Spain

by Dan on July 22, 2016

Fernando Amorebieta has returned to Spain after Sporting Gijon completed a permanent deal with Fulham for the central defender, believed to be worth around £500,000.

The Venezuelan international struggled for both form and fitness in his first season at Craven Cottage, which saw the Whites slip out of the Premier League. Amorebieta was hardly a regular in the side after that – with his most eye-catching performances coming in two loan spells with Middlesbrough, during one of which he scored a crucial away goal in the play-off semi-final at Brentford.

Amorebieta, who signed for Fulham on a Bosman deal from Athletic Bilbao in 2013, had been linked with Newcastle as well as a host of Spanish sides after Slavisa Jokanovic embarked on radical defensive surgery designed to shore up his charges ahead of the new season. The 31 year-old, who played in 50 games for the London club, chose Sporting over Alaves and is likely to be a first choice for his new employers after they sold two centre backs during the close season.

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Button set for Fulham switch?

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Tweet Fulham are believed to be close to concluding a deal to bring Brentford goalkeeper David Button to Craven Cottage. Slavisa Jokanovic has made the signing of a new goalkeeper a high priority since the departure of Andy Lonergan to Wolves last month and the head coach is also keen to see the new arrival challenge […]

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The Highs and Lows against Cork City

July 10, 2016

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Should Fulham countenance the sale of Ross McCormack?

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Why Celtic Was The Right Fit For Moussa Dembele

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Fulham face Leyton Orient trip in League Cup

June 22, 2016

Tweet Fulham have been handed a trip to Leyton Orient in the first round of English Football League Cup after the draw was made this lunchtime. Slavisa Jokanovic’s side will travel to Brisbane Road during the week commencing Monday 8th August after the League Two side were drawn as the home team this afternoon. Orient […]

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Fulham start at home to Newcastle

June 22, 2016

Tweet Fulham will kick off the new campaign with a mouthwatering home game against relegated Newcastle United on Friday 5th August. The Championship fixtures were released this morning and Slavisa Jokanovic’s side will start the new season with a visit from the Magpies, who will begin the new term as one of the favourites for […]

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Pride and the GAWA

June 20, 2016

Tweet After a disappointing season supporting Fulham, one of the only things keeping me going when it came to football was the prospect of the 2016 European Championships kicking off in France. With three home nation teams heading off to compete in France, it has to be one of the most exciting tournaments for UK […]

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Fulham keen on Verona goalkeeper

June 19, 2016

Tweet Fulham are interested in signing Verona goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini, according to reports from Italy. Slavisa Jokanovic has made the capture of a new custodian a priority following the surprise departure of Andy Lonergan to Wolves last week and the 21 year-old Gollini is set to leave Verona after they were relegated to Serie B. […]

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