Into the closing hours of the transfer window and the excitement ramps up a notch. Jim White – he of the excitable temperament – has taken the reins at Sky Sports News and it all becomes very frenetic.
Fulham have only confirmed the signing of Zdenek Gygera so far and Martin Jol will still be desperate to sign a striker. Fulham believed they had concluded a deal to sign Bryan Ruiz at around 5pm, according to various journalists, but Newcastle’s late entry into the race for the Costa Rican winger has thrown things up into the air again. Newcastle are also reportedly interested in beating Fulham to taking Andre-Pierre Gignac on loan from Marseille.
Ian Dennis has just told Radio Five Live that thinks Ruiz will turn down the chance to join Newcastle and sign for Fulham, but it looks set to be a nervy evening. It’s no exaggeration to suggest that Fulham’s season might well rest on the success of Jol’s late manoeuvres in the transfer window. Hold on tight.