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Fulham in for Utd Midfielder

There are reports this evening coming from Marcelo Hazan and backed up by many other top Journalists that Fulham have made a bid of €10m euros plus add-ons for Man utd midfielder Andreas Pereira who is currently on loan in Brazil at Flamengo.

He has scored twice and had 1 assist in his 9 apps in the Brazilian top division but he has expressed a desire to return to Europe to prove himself and now it seems Marco Silva has made a move for him.

He is a player with Premier League experience after getting 2 goals and 4 assists in a turbulent time while Man utd were in transition after sir Alex Ferguson left but he’s always been a player with talent and if nurtured correctly he could prove to be a good addition to a Fulham side that looks like it’s going to Palhinha and Solomon in the coming days aswell.

Palhinha set to sign

The news this afternoon from the sun and various Portuguese outlets are saying that sporting Lisbon midfielder João Palhinha will travel to England on Monday ahead of sealing his move to Craven cottage.

Palhinha is set to sign a 5 year deal and double his wages after Fulham moved to hijack the move when Wolves looked most likely to sign the Portugal international.

Marco Silva targeted his countryman as one of his key signings this window and after weeks of will he won’t he it now looks all but certain that he will play for Fulham next season.

Fulham are set to pay €20m euros for the defensive midfielder who is seen a big coup for the west London side and key cog in the whites chances of keeping their premier League status this coming season.

Fulham move for Hamer?

A report this afternoon from the sun claims that Fulham have made a move for Coventry City midfielder Gustavo Hamer. Jack Rosser reports that Marco Silva would look to sign the Dutchman as well as the addition of João Palhinha which is very close to completion.

Hamer who has 8 goals and 13 assists in 85 apps for the Sky Blues has earned rave reviews in the championship.

He was part of the side that beat Fulham twice last season in which he looked very assured against one of the best midfields in the league.

Rosser doesn’t say how much the Cottagers would need to shell out to coax the Dutchman to the Premier League but if they wanted to do a deal then Fulham certainly have the funds.

West London rivals Brentford have been credited with an interest as well.

The silly season reaches stupid heights

The only conclusion you can draw is it has to be the heat. It has been unusually warm in London over the past ten days or so – and the temperature appearances to have got to the tabloid boys. John Cross, usually one of the more well-sourced and reliable members of the press pack, produced an exclusive earlier this week suggesting that Newcastle United were keen on signing Tosin Adarabioyo. Nothing wrong with that in and of itself – Tosin looked good in the Premier League and was a consistent performer as the Whites cruised to the Championship title – but the salient details in the Daily Mirror piece were all wrong.

Cross claimed that Adarabioyo, who still has ambitions of playing senior international football for England, only had twelve months on his contract. That might be strictly correct but Fulham can trigger a twelve month extension on his deal – and the player himself is both content at Craven Cottage and eager to the right the wrongs of his first taste in the top flight. The upshot is that it would take a hell a lot of Saudi blood money to acquire the ball-playing centre back for Eddie Howe and Fulham won’t be countenancing any sort of deal at present.

Not to be undone the Sun claimed that Gareth Southgate was the favourite to succeed Marco Silva in SW6. It was a bizarre story built off the back of England’s Nations League hammering by Hungary – and supposed to coincide with the first sustained spell of discontent Southgate has endured since he became national coach – but any impetus evaporated once the FA put their strong backing for the manager on the record. The idea that Fulham might ditch Marco Silva was always barmy, but this read like a puff piece for the bookies’ the paper was partnered with on a slow news day.

Chris wrote the other day that nobody is truly in the know in a modern transfer window. He’s right, of course, because rumours race halfway across the world before the sun has even got his hat on these days. That’s largely because of the ubiquity of the internet and social media, where anyone with an account can hashtag any sort of statement and suddenly we’re off to the races. The keyboard warriors and bedwetters are running particularly wild given Fulham’s failure to make a single signing – one Twitter account has even started posting a goal for every day that the Whites aren’t active in the market. It’s good that user has more than home league goals scored under Scott Parker in 2020/21 to select from – otherwise they would have already exhausted all their content.

There are, of course, a few compelling reasons why Fulham haven’t announced any new arrivals yet. First, they have apparently targeted a number of players who will be free agents on June 30th. They remain in talks with some – and the announcement of any deal ahead of time is dependent not only on the player agreeing terms, but both clubs being amenable to publicising the deal. For signings from foreign countries, there is a July 1st opening of the international transfer window – and those announcements are especially complex to handle. Even the early notice of Fabio Carvalho’s impending departure was dependent on a pre-contract agreement and improved relations between Fulham and Liverpool.

Modern football fans by their nature are impatient. Tony Khan’s suitability to be the club’s director of football remains a lightning rod that ignites plenty of the fanbase, whilst there is an understandable desire to see that the powers that be have learnt the lessons of the last three disastrous top flight campaigns. But the picture is complicated further by Fulham’s ambition: the club are targeting a number of leading European players, who may ultimately decide to sign for more established top division teams across the continent. The pitfalls of aiming high are that you may get turned down.

Silva seems to be playing a more prominent role in recruitment than either of his predecessors but the lack of early summer signings may allow a few of the promising talents from Steve Wigley’s under-23 set up to make the most of a chance to impress in pre-season. While the academy reorganisation has paid immediate dividends on the pitch, there has also been an increased willingness to loan out some of the club’s brightest young talent. This week alone both Sonny Hilton, fresh from lifting the Johnny Haynes Trophy, and Taye Ashby-Hammond have secured EFL loans that can only assist their development – whilst the absence of a new number ten to replace Carvalho could offer opportunities to both Jay Stansfield and Luke Harris in the first couple of weeks of July.

Time will tell whether this article was far too optimistic in assessing Fulham’s start to the summer but there are far more pressing things in the world at present to be angry about. My recommendation to the Craven Cottage regulars patiently waiting for another notification would be to reflect on the sublime football that Silva’s side produced last season in the knowledge that everyone at Motspur Park is working hard to deliver the acquisitions that the Portuguese head coach requires to make the Whites competitive in the league above.

Fulham offer Romagnoli big wages

Reports coming from journalist Alfredo Pedulla tonight say that Fulham have offered the Italian center back Alessio Romagnoli high wages to try and bring him to Craven Cottage. The defenders preference has always been to join Lazio however he is now growing impatient with the lack of movement from the Italian side. The contract offer is on the table from Fulham and is a very lucrative one for Romagnoli who has said he wants his future sorted before his contract with AC Milan runs out next week.

An everpresent in the Milan side making over 200 apps for the side as well as captaining the side it’s in no doubt he could be exactly the type of defender Marco Silva needs to sure up his Fulham back line. Romagnoli would be regarded as something of a coup for the west London side should they manage get the deal over the line.

Fulham cast their eye over Rangers Midfielder

According to Scottish newspaper the daily record Fulham are among a host of Premier League teams taking a look at Rangers midfielder Joe Aribo.

The Nigerian international has enjoyed his time in Scotland winning the League and culminating in him scoring in the Europa League final where he was deployed in a false 9 role which he took to very well.

Predominantly he plays as an attacking midfielder and with a gaping hole in the no10 role left behind by Carvalho’s departure Aribo could be a shrewd bit of business for Fulham this summer.

Coming through the Charlton youth system and shooting to prominence in league 1 he has experience of the English game and he may fancy a return to London with the opportunity to test himself in the biggest league in the world.

Other clubs credited with an interest include Aston Villa, Crystal Palace and Nottingham forest

Silva looking at Kean reunion

Fulham have been linked with Juventus forward Moise Kean according to Gianluca Di Marzio. The Italian international has become something of a journeyman of late but it’s amazing to believe he’s still only 22! Kean who had a loan spell at Everton scoring only 2 goals may feel a move back to the Premier League would be a good opportunity to prove the doubters wrong.

When your CV has teams like Juve and PSG on it there must be something about you right? Kean would add a bit of versatility as he is capable of playing from the left side of attack as well as through the middle as a center forward.

Marco Silva will know the type of player Fulham would be getting if they did add the Italian as he signed him when he was in charge of Everton, if Silva can get Kean for the right price then it could turn out to be a good acquisition for Fulham this Summer.

Fulham and Forest fancy Kean capture

Fulham and Nottingham Forest are interested in signing Italian international forward Moise Kean, according to reports from his homeland tonight.

Juventus have an obligation to sign Kean for £25m this summer under the terms of the loan deal that took him from Everton to Turin in August. The 22 year-old was a disappointment even though the Bianconeri stormed to the Scudetto, scoring just six goals in 42 appearances. Kean had scored seventeen times in 41 matches whilst on loan at PSG the previous season, but a return to Paris this summer appears unlikely.

Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio claims that Kean, who was signed at Goodison Park by Marco Silva, is not convinced by the idea of joining a newly-promoted Premier League club and is weighing up his other options at this point.

Fulham in Mbabu talks

Fulham have opened talks with Wolfsburg about signing their Swiss international Kevin Mbabu, according to a Sky Sports report this evening.

The newly-promoted Premier League club’s continued pursuit of a right back has led them to a familiar face in Mbabu. Fulham were reportedly close to signing him four years ago and the Wolfsburg defender is now back on their radar. The 27 year-old, who has previously been on the books of both Newcastle United and Glasgow Rangers, is one of three potential options they are considering to strengthen their defence.

Neco Williams is understood to Silva’s first choice at right back but nailing down a deal with Liverpool to land the Welsh international on a permanent basis after his successful loan spell at Craven Cottage is proving problematic at present. Mbabu, an experienced defender who won back to back Swiss titles with Young Boys, has won twenty two caps for Switzerland.

Taye Ashby-Hammond seals Stevenage loan

Fulham goalkeeper Taye Ashby-Hammond has turned professional after signing a new deal at Craven Cottage – and also agreed to join League Two side Stevenage on a season-long loan.

The 23 year-old, who starred at Boreham Wood last season as the non-league side beat AFC Wimbledon and Bournemouth to reach the fifth round of the FA Cup, has been at Fulham for thirteen years and was on the bench for the League Cup tie against Leeds United last September. He kept sixteen clean sheets in 29 games for the Hertfordshire outfit and has sealed a move into the EFL as a result.

Ashby-Hammond told Stevenage’s official website: “I am really excited to get going. There’s a good group of lads here, and my conversations with the manager have been positive. To get my first step into the Football League is a challenge that I need to face, and I’m ready for it. I learnt and developed a lot as a player last season, and I’m looking forward to continuing that with Stevenage”.