Fulham have agreed a deal with Newcastle United to turn Aleksandar Mitrovic’s loan into a permanent move, according to the Daily Telegraph.
Although the payment plan for the transfer hasn’t been fully finalised, Fulham expect to complete the transfer when Mitrovic returns from his holiday following his World Cup exploits with Serbia. Fulham have been in talks with Newcastle over a deal for the 23 year-old forward since they won promotion via the play-offs at Wembley last month and made Mitrovic their first summer target following his impact at Craven Cottage after moving to London on loan in January.
The Serbian international added a new dimension to Slavisa Jokanovic’s attack scoring twelve goals in twenty games as the Whites went 23 games unbeaten and narrowly missed out on automatic promotion. Mitrovic’s relationship with his compatriot Jokanovic was crucial in securing his interest in making the move to Fulham permanent, especially after he had been frozen out at St. James’ Park by Magpies boss Rafa Benitez.
Mitrovic, who quickly became a firm favourite with the Fulham faithful, should shortly become Fulham’s record signing – with Newcastle rumoured to have been holding out for a fee of around £20m. Such an amount would dwarf the fee paid to Olympakios for Kostas Mitroglou as Fulham desperately tried to starve off relegation from the Premier League back in January 2014.