A brief summary and analysis of the transfer rumors floating about regarding Fulham players and targets:
- Paul Konchesky to Liverpool is back in the papers today. SkySports and Goal.com are both reporting he is interested in talking with Roy Hodgson about a possible move to his old boss’s new club. This seems a likely scenario, as Liverpool both need a left back and Hodgson’s relationship with Konchesky is solid. It’s likely Konchesky will move on, but I think it’s a mutually beneficial move for both sides. Stephen Kelly, Chris Baird, or even Aaron Hughes can cover on the left (making room for Rafik Halliche, possibly), and Konchesky can be sold for a profit (see below)
- Carlos Salcido is being linked to Fulham as Konchesky’s potential replacement. Salcido has been linked to Liverpool prior, but Dutch publication Eindhovens Dagblad is reporting a €2 million agreement between the clubs. If Konchesky leaves, this is a likely move—and a good one. With fees for Konchesky to Liverpool rumored at €3.5 million, it’s a nice profit from a lateral move talent-wise. Honestly, considering Konchesky is our weakest of the back four and Salcido is an experienced international coming off a very good World Cup, this is probably a better move for Fulham than for Liverpool. I just hope Salcido and Dempsey can reconcile their CONCACAF differences.
- More reports of Zoltan Gera moving on are emerging. I have a difficult time believing these to be anything more than late transfer window page-fillers, but the more they appear, the more doubt creeps into my mind. The Daily Mail is the culprit this time, saying that Fulham’s emerging depth up front—thanks to the Moussa Dembele acquisition, a nearing return-date for Andy Johnson, and competition from Clint Dempsey—is giving Gera second thoughts about staying on with new manager Mark Hughes. I still don’t buy it, and letting go of Gera would be a poor move both in terms of personnel and public relations for Hughes. Of the rumors mentioned, however, put the least stock in this one.
- Jimmy Bullard is being linked with a return to Fulham…not really, just making sure you are paying attention. But I for one (and literally probably the only one) would welcome Jimmy back with open arms—only if he came home with this look on his face:
- Still no central midfielders seriously linked to Fulham. I wonder if this is a sign of a) confidence in Danny Murphy, Dickson Etuhu, and Baird/Jonathan Greening/someone else or b) a possible experimentation with Simon Davies or Dempsey in a central role. Probably a), but b) would be fun to see.
If anything else floats my way, I’ll be sure to edit and keep you all updated on where things stand in the transfer market at Craven Cottage.