Marco Silva is willing to let Josh Onomah leave Fulham before the end of the month – in order to give the midfielder regular first-team football.

The 25 year-old, who moved to Craven Cottage in the summer of 2019 as part of the deal that saw Ryan Sessegnon sign for Tottenham, nearly joined West Bromwich Albion in August but the necessary paperwork for the proposed loan month was not finalised before the transfer deadline. Onomah, who has made 76 appearances for Fulham and scored five goals, has featured just twice in the league for the Whites this season – with his last appearance coming just before Manchester United’s late winner at Craven Cottage in November.

Silva told his press conference yesterday ahead of tonight’s meeting with Spurs:

“It is possible for something to happen for Josh in this market. He needs to play. It is important to him. Last season he started really well but in the second half of the season he didn’t play so often. I had a conversation with him at the end of last season and we decided together that it was important for him to go for many reasons. Last summer things didn’t work out well for him getting more minutes elsewhere.

He is a top lad, a great professional as well. Every training session he is there wanting to improve. Some games he has come on this season but he needs more minutes in his legs and it is important for him to go. It is a decision we will take with him and see what is best for him and the football club as well.”