Fulham are considering making a January move for the Austria Vienna striker Larry Kayode, according to reports from Austria this afternoon.
The Championship club are eager to strengthen their striking options during the transfer window given that the impasse with Derby County surrounding on-loan striker Chris Martin shows no signs of being resolved. Slavisa Jokanovic has made the recruitment of additional forwards one of his major priorities for this month and has tasked the club’s scouts with drawing up a list of possible signings from right across Europe.
The Fulham head coach will be familiar with Kayode’s attributes, which include blistering pace and assured finishing, from the striker’s successful loan spell with Maccabi Netanya in 2013, where he scored 10 goals in 25 league appearances, that paved the way for a permanent move to Israel. Kayode followed that with 13 goals in 31 league appearances before moving to Austria Vienna on a four-year deal in August 2015.
Kayode, who is under contract with the Violets until 2019, has caught the eye of European scouts with a series of outstanding displays for the Austrian club in the Europa League this season. He scored eye-catching goals against Roma and has netted fourteen times in 32 appearances so far this term. The 23 year-old is heavily tipped to break into the Nigerian national squad during 2017 and Fulham would face stiff competition from Espanyol and a number of Turkish sides should they be willing to meet Vienna’s asking price.