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Reports in Italian newspaper Gazzetto Della Sport today suggest that Fulham are keeping an eye on Parma right back Zaccardo. The 29 year old, capped 17 times for Italy and holds the dubious honour of scoring an own goal at a World Cup, joined Parma after a shaky season at Wolfsburg in which he still managed to add a Bundesliga Title to his World Cup medal and has been a regular over the past two years with 68 league appearances. Fairly defensive. This transfer wouldn’t make sense with Baird at the club, but maybe from the noises Jol is making he doesn’t trust our squad and wants to enhance it.

More promising are the noises coming from the Italian media that we have had a bid accepted for 19 year old Palermo midfielder Pajtim Kasami. He was one of the star performers in the recent U21 tournament with Switzerland off the back of an impressive first season at Palermo in which he made 24 appearances. He has already said that he wants to join so this transfer looks like a definite possibility. The young replacement for Murphy we all want perhaps?