Fulham have had a £4.5m bid for Besiktas goalkeeper Fabri rejected by the Turkish club, according to reports this afternoon.

The Whites have stepped up their efforts to sign a new keeper after selling David Button to Brighton and Hove Albion last night. Turkish website Sporx claims that the Whites tabled a bid of £4.5m and it was swiftly rejected by Beskitas, who value their experienced goalkeeper at something closer to £7m. But with the 30 year-old entering the last year of contract, it is unlikely that Beskitas will be willing to risk losing him for nothing.

Fulham saw their opening offer of around £4m turned down last week but they have moved to the front of the queue in the race to sign Fabri, with a number of European clubs having been monitoring his situation. The popular goalkeeper helped Besiktas win the Turkish title in 2017 and starred in last season’s Champions League. He has made 86 appearances in two seasons since moving to Istanbul from Deportivo La Coruna in 2016.

The 6ft 1in custodian, who has also played for Real Valladolid and Real Betis, narrowly missed out on Uruguay’s World Cup squad after announcing he had dual nationality earlier this year. He would provide stiff competition for Marcus Bettinelli, who usurped Button in the battle for Fulham’s number one shirt after impressing when he returned to the first team just before Christmas.