Tomorrow’s News of the World links Fulham with a loan move for Manchester City’s out-of-favour striker Felipe Caicedo.
The Ecuadorian striker, one of the youngest players to represent the South American nation at full international level having made his debut against Italy aged just 16, enjoyed a promising start to his City career under Sven-Goran Eriksson. Caicedo has scored eight goals for the Eastlands outfit, an impressive tally given that most of his appearances for the first team came from the substitutes bench, although Hughes nutured his talent when he took over from the Swede.
He scored in three straight games but struggled to hold down a regular place once City splashed the cash on big-name forwards. Caicedo, still a real prospect at just 21, has spent time on loan at Sporting Lisbon and Malaga of late but, with Fulham badly short of fit strikers on the eve of the season and with a move for Craig Bellamy still very much in the ‘paper talk’ category, Caceido could be a short-term fix on loan.
Given that Hughes knows both his ability and his limitations, this wouldn’t represent too much of a gamble. We’ll have to watch this space.