Valencia defender Martin Montoya has flown into London for a medical ahead of his proposed move to Fulham.
The former Barcelona defender is eager to play in the Premier League and has been allowed to leave Valencia after they brought in Cristiano Piccini from Sporting Lisbon last month. The 27 year-old missed Valencia’s training session this morning in order to make the journey to England, according to reports in the Spanish press.
Montoya is an attacking right back who came through the famed La Masia academy to win three league titles, two Copa del Rays and the Champions’ League in 2014/2015 with Barcelona. He was also part of the Spanish under-21 side that won back-to-back European Championships in 2011 and 2013 and was a regular in the first-team during his two years at Valencia. He made 62 appearances at the Mestella, scoring two goals and making seven assists, and is also versatile enough to play at left back as well.
Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic has been seeking to augment his options at right back since Ryan Frdericks signed for West Ham on a free transfer earlier in the summer. He has been using academy graduates Marlon Fossey and Steven Sessegnon in rotation with Irish international Cyrus Christie for much of pre-season, but it looks as if the Premier League new boys are about to add some more defensive depth before the start of the new campaign.
Queens Park Rangers are eager to sign Marcus Bettinelli should the goalkeeper be allowed to leave Fulham following the arrival of Sergio Rico, according to the Daily Mail.
The former England under-21 international had an excellent second half of the season as Fulham went on a 23-match unbeaten run to win promotion via the Championship play-offs. Bettinelli kept a clean sheet as the Whites beat Aston Villa at Wembley, but he was swiftly usurped in the pecking order at Craven Cottage when Fulham brought in Spanish custodian Fabri from Besiktas.
The Fulham academy graduate looks set to slip further down the list of Slavisa Jokanovic’s goalkeeping options when Rico completes a loan move from Sevilla, which was widely trailed in the Spanish press yesterday. The 26 year-old, who signed a contract extension with the Whites last summer, has made 98 first-team appearances since making his Fulham debut in the League Cup win at Brentford in August 2014.
QPR are looking for an experienced Championship goalkeeper having sold Alex Smithies earlier this summer, although Bettinelli is also rumoured to be interesting Bristol City, who have previously offered him a loan route out of Craven Cottage when he was second choice to Button two years ago. The likeable goalkeeper has twice turned down a possible switch to Chelsea in order to compete for his place at Fulham and recently spoke of his excitement at the chance to play in the Premier League, but could be persuaded to move on for regular first-team football.
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.
Southampton have rejected another offer from Fulham for their left back Matt Targett, according to the Daily Mirror.
The Whites were keen to reunite Targett with Ryan Sessegnon down their left flank following his successful loan spell at Craven Cottage last year but their offer of £15m plus additional clauses has been turned down by the Saints. That rebuff helped persuade Fulham to move on from the former England under-21 international, who made 21 appearances for the Londoners as they won promotion via the Championship play-offs last term, and Fulham now appear close to concluding a deal for Bristol City left back Joe Bryan.
Southampton boss Mark Hughes, who spent a year in charge of the Cottagers, insisted earlier in the week that the south coast club would not entertain any further offers for the 23 year-old and Southampton appear to have stuck to their word.
Fulham are in discussions with Valencia over a possible deal to sign their Catalonian right back Martin Montoya.
The Whites are confident of seeing off concerted interest in the former Barcelona full back from Premier League rivals Southampton and Brighton and Hove Albion. Montoya, who won the Champions’ League before moving to Valencia two years ago, has slipped down the pecking order at the Mestella after his current club signed Cristiano Piccini to be their first-choice right back.
Fulham head coach Slavisa Jokanovic is keen to sign another right back after losing Ryan Fredericks to West Ham earlier this summer and he only has youth team graduates Steven Sessegnon and Marlon Fossey as possible understudies to Irish international Cyrus Christie. Montoya has made 54 appearances in his two seasons with Valencia and is reportedly attracted by the idea of a move to London, although there is still significant Spanish interest in his services as well.
The 27 year-old won seven major titles in his time at Barcelona and has previously spent time on loan at Inter Milan and Real Betis, who are apparently considering a late move to sign him for a second time.