Fulham are in talks with Besiktas about signing their goalkeeper Fabri, according to various reports from Turkey.
The Premier League new boys’ summer spending burst into life their morning when they announced the double signing of Jean-Michael Seri and Maxime Le Marchand from Nice. The Turkish press claim that Fulham are now close to signing Spanish custodian Fabri, having had two initial approaches rejected by Besiktas, after agreeing a fee of around £7m.
The 30 year-old has been firmly established as Besiktas’ first-choice goalkeeper since joining the Turkish giants from Deportivo La Coruna in July 2016. Fabri, capped at youth level by Spain, helped Beskitas win the Turkish title in his first season in Istanbul and made 36 league appearances as they finished fourth last season, claiming a Europa League spot. The experienced goalkeeper had previously made 51 appearances in two spells with Deportivo having also played for Vallodolid, Recreativo and Real Betis in Spain.
It is believed that Fulham’s approach for Fabri came about because the club’s current goalkeeping coach Jose Sambede was formerly on the coaching staff at Besiktas. With David Button heavily linked to a move to Brighton over the past month, Fulham are rumoured to be searching for an experienced goalkeeper to compete with academy graduate Marcus Bettinelli ahead of their return to the top flight next month. Former Newcastle United goalkeeper Tim Krul has also reportedly been lined up as a potential signing, according to press reports.