Udinese and Sassuolo have joined the race to sign Fulham striker Kostas Mitroglou, according to reports coming from Italy this weekend.

Turkish giants Fenerbahce had been widely expected to clinch a deal for the Greek international, who has made just three appearances for Fulham since signing for the club in January 2014 for £12m. Fenerbahce have been in protracted talks with Fulham over the past fortnight and Mitroglou is thought to be keen to move to Istanbul after Victor Perreira, who was his manager during last season’s loan spell at Olympiakos, has been named their new manager.

Sport Mediaset report that the two Italian clubs are keen on securing a permanent move for Mitroglou, who scored nineteen goals in 34 appearances as Olympiakos won the Greek double, and are intent on scuppering Fenerbahce’s plans to seal a quick transfer. It seems certain that Mitroglou has no long-term future at Fulham, who are keen to offload the 27 year-old striker.