Fulham have made an approach to sign Genoa striker Gianluca Lapadula, according to reports from Italy this morning.
Despite yesterday’s capture of Aleksandar Mitrovic, Slavisa Jokanovic is still seeking to supplement his attacking resources ahead of the start of the new Premier League season. The 28 year-old striker only signed a permanent deal with Genoa this summer after a successful loan spell with the Rossoblu last term, but the Serie A would reportedly be open to selling him on for a profit.
Fulham will face competition for Lapadula’s signature, however, with Turkish side Beskitas having also registered their interest in the forward. Lapadula is known as a physically strong and determined striker – once being given the nickname ‘Sir William’ after William Wallace in recognition of his strength – who can also play as a second striker or on either wing. His versatility would make him an intriguing option for any position in Jokanovic’s preferred 4-3-3 system.
Lapadula, who scored eight goals in 27 appearances in two years at AC Milan and helped the Italian giants win the Italian Super Cup, found the net six times in 28 appearances last year for Genoa. Genoa president Enrico Preziosi reportedly values the forward at around £13m and could countenance a deal at that price.