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Fenerbahce chasing Mitrovic

Fenerbahce have tabled a loan offer for Fulham striker Aleksandar Mitrovic, according to reports from Turkey.

The Istanbul giants want to take the Serbian forward on loan, with a £6.8m option to buy. The Turkish newspaper Calendar claims that Fener have offered Mitrovic a basic salary of around £2.6m a year, which would increase with bonuses.

It remains to be seen how Fulham will respond to this offer. Mitrovic, who has scored 53 goals in 131 games at Craven Cottage since initially moving on loan in from Newcastle in January 2018, endured a difficult season as the Whites went were relegated from the Premier League. He scored just four goals in 31 appearances, was frequently left out by Scott Parker and missed the decisive penalty as Serbia missed out on the European Championships, losing a play-off shootout to Scotland.

The Turkish press claim that the 26 year-old does not wish to play in the Championship, having previously won promotion twice with Fulham, and is ‘certain’ to move on this summer.

Fossey signs new two-year Fulham contract

Young American full back Marlon Fossey has put pen to paper on a new two-year contract at Craven Cottage.

The 22 year-old has endured a couple of horrendously injury-ravaged seasons and his impressive start to life on loan with Shrewsbury earlier this term was cut short by a knee problem. Fossey did return to the under-23 set up at the end of the season, playing in their 1-0 win over West Brom, and was delighted to commit his future to Fulham.

He told the club’s official website:

“I’m really appreciative that they have confidence in me and I’m grateful that I’m going to be around people and players for the next two years that I’ve learnt a hell of a lot from. I aim to work as hard as I can to better myself as a player.

It was difficult because no footballer wants to spend the majority of the season on the sidelines. I learnt a lot from it in terms of how to look after my body better and function better. I’m going to do everything within my power to make sure I put my body in a good position to play a full season.

The attacking right back, who won eleven caps for America’s under-20 side, is now setting his sights on forcing his way into Scott Parker’s plans.

“Every young player has the aim of playing for the first team, and I’m going to put myself in the best position to get to that point as soon as possible”

Napoli eyeing Anguissa move

Napoli are interested in signing the Fulham midfielder Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa, according to reports in Italy this evening.

Tuttosport suggests that Napoli are lining up a move for the Cameroonian international after Tiemoue Bakayoko returned to Chelsea at the end of his loan spell. Anguissa is expected to leave Craven Cottage this summer following Fulham’s relegation from the Premier League, but the powerful midfielder’s reputation has been enhanced by a much better season than his first year with the club in 2018.

Boosted by a successful season on loan at Villareal while Fulham were in the Championship, Anguissa one of the Premier League’s leading dribblers during this campaign before he was struck down with coronavirus in the middle of the season. The former Marseille midfielder made 36 appearances for Scott Parker’s side this season, providing three assists. He scored his first international goal in Cameroon’s victory over Nigeria on Friday night.

Fulham join Campbell chase

Fulham are one of a number of Championship clubs competing to sign Motherwell midfielder Allan Campbell this summer, according to Football Insider.

The Scottish midfielder will soon be a free agent after deciding to leave Fir Park at the end of his current contract and Fulham have joined Luton, Millwall and Peterborough in the race for the 22 year-old’s signature. Campbell has also been linked with a switch to Hibernian and Aberdeen as he contemplates his future having made 163 appearances since breaking into the Motherwell first team back in 2016.

Campbell, who helped Motherwell to two successive domestic Cup finals in 2017 where they were beaten by Celtic, has won 24 caps for Scotland at under-21 level, scoring one goal. Motherwell will be entitled to a development fee having brought the tough-tackling midfielder through their academy set-up and it remains to be seen where one of the brightest talents in Scottish football will be heading next. He made 40 appearances for Motherwell this season, scoring five goals.

Fulham will be seeking midfield reinforcements this summer as they plan for an immediate return to the Premier League after being relegated last season.

Ream helps USA win Nations League

Fulham defender Tim Ream helped the United States win the inaugural CONCACAF Nations League as the Americans won a dramatic final 3-2 after extra time.

The 33 year-old played 83 minutes of the final, having been recalled by coach Gregg Berhalter after missing the narrow semi-final success over Honduras. Fulham left back Antonee Robinson was an unused substitute last night.

Mexico took an early lead when Jesus Corona scored after just 63 seconds and they were denied a second when Hector Moreno’s header was ruled out following a VAR check for offside, with Ream stepping up to catch the Al-Gharafa centre half out. Giovanni Reyna levelled for the States just before the break before winger Diego Lainez restored Mexico’s lead after breezing past Ream with ten minutes to go. Juventus midfielder Weston McKennie headed in an equaliser from a Reyna corner to take the final in extra time.

There was plenty of drama still to come as Pulisic converted a penalty that he wasn’t initially awarded, with VAR confirming he had been tripped in the box. Substitute goalkeeper Ethan Horvath then saved a spot-kick from Andres Guardado as the Americans held on to lift the trophy.

QPR continuing Johansen negotiations

QPR are ‘working around the clock’ to try and finalise a deal with Fulham for midfielder Stefan Johansen, according to talkSPORT.

The two west London clubs remain locked in talks after the terms of a permanent deal for the former Norwegian international, who enjoyed a successful loan spell in Shepherd’s Bush during the second half of last season. Johansen is Rangers’ top transfer target after they brought back striker Charlie Austin, who also starred on loan last year.

The near neighbours are understood to be some way apart in their valuation of Johansen, who has a year to run on his current Craven Cottage contract. The 30 year-old made 21 appearances for the R’s last season, scoring twice and providing three assists, as Mark Warburton’s men finished the campaign strongly. Rangers want to get a deal done as quickly as possible with Johansen also attracting interest from across Europe.

The experienced midfielder has spoken about his need to play regular football having been left out of Scott Parker’s 25-man squad following Fulham’s promotion to the Premier League. The Cottagers are not prepared to compromise on their valuation of the energetic midfielder, who has been part of two promotion-winning campaigns with Fulham, and remains a proven performer at Championship level.

Johansen has made 136 appearances, scoring 21 times for Fulham since signing from Celtic for a fee of around £2.5m in August 2016. His departure would leave the Whites light on central midfield options ahead of the new season.