Tucked away at the bottom of the Observer’s ‘Tales from the Tabs’ section this morning was the suggestion that Fulham are closing in on a deal for Swedish right back Markus Jonsson, which made the pages of the People today but was drowned out by their ‘exclusive’ on Roy Hodgson. It caught my eye only because our track record with Swedish signings isn’t especially good – and signing a Swedish international right back didn’t really work last summer.
Hodgson has previously denied plans to bring in a replacement for the injured John Pantsil and that was when a loan move for Alan Hutton was pretty strongly mooted. Jonsson has been impressive since he moved to AIK, helping them to win the Allsvenskan and the Swedish Cup in 2009, and earning four caps for Sweden. He’s got a handy record from the penalty spot, converting 13 straight spot-kicks up until November.
There is undoubtedly English interest in Jonsson – because his agent says so.
We are looking at different options and they’re about clubs in the big leagues. That’s why it’s taking time, but I am convinced that things are going to be solved.
He won’t stay at AIK. I am convinced that there will be a solution abroad during January. You can never know for sure, but things are looking good for Markus. I am not at all worried about not finding a foreign club for him to join.
That report links Jonsson to a move to a Championship side, although his agent keeps stressing that he’s in line for a transfer to ‘the big leagues’. Our opponents on Tuesday, Stoke, are also reportedly interested.