Fulham have moved swiftly to secure Aleksandar Mitrovic on a permanent basis following their promotion to the Premier League.
Slavisa Jokanovic has identified his Serbian compatriot as one of his key summer signings following Mitrovic’s remarkable impact during his four months on loan at Craven Cottage, where he scored twelve goals in twenty appearances. The 24 year-old has two years remaining on his contract at Newcastle United but, having fallen out of favour under Rafa Benitez, is unlikely to stay at St. James’ Park.
Mitrovic hinted at a possible stay in south west London following Fulham’s win over Aston Villa in Saturday’s Championship play-off final, telling Sky Sports after the final whistle at Wembley:
Of course I am really happy here. I had the best three and a half, four months of my career.
Newcastle might want to refrain from a swift deal over Mitrovic’s future, given that his performances in this summer’s World Cup could generate further interest in the striker, although the player himself told a reporter from Serbia’s Mozzara Sport over the weekend that he would be keen to sign for Fulham on a permanent basis. The only sticking point remaining could be the Magpies’ valuation of Mitrovic given his success at Craven Cottage – but Fulham are understood to be keen to spend some of their Premier League prize money on ensuring the Serbian stays with them.