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Fulham are targeting Danish centre back Jannik Vestergaard to bolster their back four before the start of the Premier League season, according to the Sun’s Alan Nixon.

Head coach Marco Silva has reportedly grown frustrated with the slow pace of summer acquisitions and faces the prospect of lining up with last season’s central defensive pair – former Manchester City trainee Toisin Adarabioyo and American veteran Tim Ream – in the opening game against Liverpool on Saturday. With the Portuguese coach having banished the injury-plagued Terence Kongolo from his senior set up, the Whites’ only back up at present comes in the shape of under 21 centre halves Connor McAvoy and Idris Odutayo.

The Cottagers are continuing negotiations over a deal with Issa Diop but any transfer will have to wait until West Ham have brought in a replacement to ease their own defensive crisis. Vestergaard, who was a popular part of Southampton’s side making 79 appearances in three years at St. Mary’s, has struggled to fit in since making a £16m move to Leicester and appears likely to move on this summer. With the Foxes holding out for £12m for the 29 year-old, the Sun suggests Fulham are proposing an initial loan move.

The 6ft 4in defender made just ten league appearances as Leicester finished eighth last term, but Vestergaard was a key part of the Danish side that reached the semi-finals of the last European Championships.