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Catching up with David Elm

Forgive me for not noticing this sooner but Fulham’s most unexpected summer signing, the rather unheralded David Elm has a blog updating his readers on his adventures at Fulham. Since it is in Swedish, it has crept under the radar of most of us over here. Courtesy of a couple of summers with Nick in Stockholm, I’m quite proud of my rather poor Swedish but you’ll have to excuse me if my translation skills are below par.

Elm’s most recent entry deals with the fact that he’s finally found a house to live in and will be moving out of the hotel accomodation that Fulham had provided for him since he completed his transfer. Wednesday’s post brings news of an international week friendly against Northampton that seemingly hasn’t been covered anywhere else. Fulham apparently put out a fairly strong team including Toni Kallio, Chris Smalling, Andranik, Dickson Etuhu, Erik Nevland and Kallio and won 3-1. Elm says he was happy with his performance despite some understandle gaps in understanding with Nevland as the pair hadn’t played together before.

I’ll try and keep checking back to see what David’s saying. If any native Swede wants to provide a more authoritative summary of his posts, then please feel free to leave in the comments box.

Fulham confirm Elm deal

Fulham have confirmed the signing of Swedish striker David Elm from Kalmar for a fee believed to be in the region of £500,000.

Elm, who has signed a one-year contract, played a key part in Kalmar’s surrpise success as they won the Allsvenskan title in 2008. The brother of another long-term Fulham target, midfielder Rasmus, Elm says he is delighted to have joined Fulham.

I am looking forward to training with the team straight away in preparation for some important Premier League and Europa League matches after this international break. I have enjoyed my time in Sweden and I am now looking forward to a new and exciting chapter in my career with Fulham.

Elm and Fulham struggling to agree personal terms

David Elm’s agent has given an interview to Eurosport.

In it, he says that Fulham’s usually rigorous medical has been cut in half with the transfer deadline approaching and that they may rely on the reports from the Kalmar club doctor. Both the player and the agent are hopeful that things will be concluded by the close of the transfer window but it remains to be seen whether this will be the case.

The major sticking point actually seems to be Elm’s wage demands. The report suggests that the parties are struggling to come to an agreement, which doesn’t seem too promissing.

Fulham ‘sign David Elm’

In the briefest of articles that has appeared on the Daily Mail website in the last 15 minutes or so, it is reported that Fulham have signed David Elm from Kalmar for £500,000. No word from the club yet.

This wouldn’t be particularly surprising – given the strong links to Elm in the Swedish press yesterday morning and confirmation from his club at lunchtime that he was flying to London for a medical. It remains to seen how much value there is in signing a striker who has hardly set the world alight in the Allsvenskan, but at that sort of price, he’s worth a punt – even if he never progresses beyond fourth choice up front and a potential replacement for Bobby Zamora.

The more eye-catching development is the purported revival of a move for Pawel Brozek, a deal that was long since thought to be dead. Wisla Krakow pulled the plug on Brozek’s proposed transfer to Fulham in July and it had been assumed that the striker was set to stay with the Polish club. I love how it is suggested that Fulham remain on his trail. What’s there to trail? A deal has to be done by close of business tonight so it’s time to show those cards.

Hold onto your hats. Transfer deadline day just might interesting.