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Slavisa Jokanovic has described the looming loss of Floyd Ayite and Neeksens Kebano to the African Cup of Nations as ‘a very big problem’ for Fulham and admitted he will be scouring the transfer market for replacements next month.

Ayite has been Fulham’s first choice on the left wing since his sumer arrival from Bastia and he has scored four goals in his last four appearances. The 28 year-old is set to fly out to Gabon with Togo early in the new year, whilst Neeskens Kebano – probably the most ready-made replacement for Ayite – is set to represent DR Congo at the same tournament.

Jokanovic told BBC London after this afternoon’s 2-0 win at Ipswich that additional signings are likely in January:

It’s a very big problem for us and this situation cannot surprise us. We have in our squad quality players who can play in this position for their country. We have to look in the market. In January, it is very busy. In January, it is many games and we have to be ready for everything.