Olympiacos could be in line to offer Rui Fonte a deadline-day move away from Fulham, according to reports this morning.
The Greek club are discussing the possibility of a loan move or permanent deal for the Portuguese striker, who has struggled to make an impact in England since arriving from Braga last summer. Fulham have given Fonte permission to hold talks with Olympiacos just two days before their Premier League season kicks off against Crystal Palace on Saturday.
The 28 year-old came to Fulham with some fanfare after scoring fifteen goals to help Braga to a fifth-place finish, but struggled to replicate that form in the Championship – despite scoring on his second appearance for the Whites, in a 2-0 win at Ipswich Town. Fonte finished the season largely being utilised as a substitute by Slavisa Jokanovic with three goals in 28 appearances.
He has won 22 caps for Portugal, scoring eight times at senior international level, and won both the Portuguese League Cup and the Portuguese Cup during his time at Braga. The Evening Standard suggests that Fulham are stepping up their attempts to sign back up to Aleksandar Mitrovic as they prepare for Fonte’s possible departure. It is unlikely that the Londoners will receive anything close to the more than £8m they paid for Fonte last year.