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Fulham back in for Osayi-Samuel?

Reports from Turkey today are suggesting that Fulham are back in for Bright Osayi-Samuel and are hoping to conclude a deal for the Fenerbahce winger before the end of the summer transfer window.

Marco Silva was linked with a move for the former QPR man immediately after he took over from Scott Parker at Craven Cottage, but the two clubs reportedly could not agree on a transfer fee. That problem still remains, according to Sporx, with Fulham prepared to offer around £1.7m and Fenerbahce believed to holding out for around £4.2m.

The Nigerian international moved to Turkey in January after spending four years with QPR. He has made 23 appearances for Fenerbache to date, scoring a single goal.

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.

Youthful Fulham well beaten by Fenerbahce

A youthful Fulham side were well beaten by Fenerbahce as the Whites’ pre-season tour of France got off to a poor start this afternoon.

Slavisa Jokanovic selected a young side full of talent from the club’s much-vaunted academy as the Whites’ first-teamers continued to work on their fitness ahead of the big kick off next month. Marek Rodak was handed another start in goal, with Marlon Fossey and Steven Sessegnon operating at full back, whilst Ibrahima Cisse – who was on the periphery of the senior squad last term – provided the experience alongside talented teenager Matt O’Riley and American international Luca de la Torre in central midfield. Estonian international Mattias Kait was used as a false nine for the second game in succession, with Congolese winger Neeskens Kebano skippering an inexperienced eleven.

The young Fulham side were in the game for the first half an hour, making a promising start when Cisse, Jon Dagur Thorsteinsson and Kait combined impressively but Kebano was shut down by a number of Fenerbache defenders as soon as he looked to pull the trigger. Steven Sessegnon then showed attacking prowess reminiscent of his twin brother darting in between a host of would-be tacklers and firing in a dangerous shot that was deflected wide. Fenerbahce began to get into the game after a quarter of an hour with Brazilian attacking midfielder Giuliano shooting wide from an acute angle and Aatif Chahechouhe placing a shot agonisingly wide of the far post.

The warning sides were there for Fulham and it was no surprise when their Turkish opponents took the lead on 28 minutes. Former QPR full-back Mauricio Isla got forward down the right wing and rifled over a low cross that a predatory Giuliano guided past a helpless Rodak and into the net. Fulham spurned a couple of good chances to find an equaliser with Kebano slamming a free-kick into the wall and de la Torre using a hand to control the ball in a promising position, but Jokanovic’s charges went 2-0 just before the break.

A spell of patient possession culminated with left-back Hasan Ali surging into the box before keeping his composure impressively to fire an unstoppable effort past Rodak low into the net. The Turkish side were technically impressive and proved clinical in the Fulham box, offering a tough lesson to some of the Whites’ youngsters on the harsh realities of senior football.

Rodak, so impressive on loan at Rotherham last season, produced an excellent save to prevent Fenerbahce from adding a third seven minutes after the restart. A through ball sent winger Alper Potak in on goal, but Fulham’s Slovakian goalkeeper did very well to stand up for as long as possible and pull of a fine reaction stop. The Whites nearly found a way back in the contest through O’Riley, comfortably their most impressive performer, but his low 20-yarder was easily fielded by Carlos Kameni in the Fenerbache goal.

Jokanovic rung the changes after 65 minutes introducing Marcus Bettinelli, Cyrus Christie, Denis Odoi, Tom Cairney, Aboubakar Kamara and Ryan Sessegnon amongst others. Sessegnon had a good opportunity with his very first touch after de la Torre committed several defenders during a purposeful run, but the recently-introduced winger saw his shot blocked by the Fenerbahce defence. Bettinelli’s first taste of pre-season action soured when he let a cross from Ozan Tufan drift over him and into the net for Fener’s third goal.

Fulham dominated possession for much of the second period but struggled to create many clear-cut chances. Christie got to the byline with timing running out but neither Rui Fonte or Tyrese Francois were able to convert the Irish international’s wicked cross and, in the final action of the game, Sessegnon was flagged offside as he looked destined to turn home Kamara’s speculative strike for a consolation goal. Jokanovic will hope his side improve ahead of Saturday’s game against Lyon at the Stade Pierre Rajon.

FENERBACHE (4-1-2-3): Volkan (Kameni 45); Isla (Ozbayrakli 45), Hasan Ali (Köybasi 45) , Skrtel, Neustadter; Mehmet Topuz (Tufan 65); Elif Elmas, Josef; Alper, Aatif (Alici 65), Giuliano. Subs (not used): Mert Zeybk, Kose, Ozer, Ucan, Samed Karakoc, Kadioglu, Kot.

BOOKED: Hasan Ali, Aatif.

GOALS: Giuliano (28), Hasan Ali (42), Tufan (75).

FULHAM (4-3-3): Rodak (Bettinelli 65); Fossey, S. Sessegnon (Christie 65), Djalo (Odoi 65), Jenz (Le Marchand 76); Cisse (Cairney 65), O’Riley (Francois 76), de la Torre (Johansen 76); Kebano (Kamara 65), Thorsteinsson (Sessegnon 65), Kait (Fonte 65).

BOOKED: Christie.

Mitroglou holds Fenerbahce talks

Fulham flop Kostas Mitroglou is in talks with Fenerbahce about a permanent transfer away from Craven Cottage.

Mitroglou joined Fulham for a club record fee of £12m in January last year but failed to make an impact in English football.

The Greece international made just three appearances for the club without finding the net before being sent on a season-long loan to Olympiakos this term.

Fulham are desperately hoping to get their money back and are encouraging Mitroglou to find another club.

The 27-year-old, who scored 19 goals for Olympiakos, has attracted the attention of Fenerbahce.

His agent Panagiotis Galariotis has confirmed it is a switch that will be of interest to his client and said: “For some time Fenerbahce and Fulham are in negotiations about Kostas. Everyone knows.

“The claim that Kostas does not want to go to Istanbul is not true. He is a professional and Istanbul is a beautiful city. The chances are 50-50. The point is to for the two clubs to strike a deal.”

Significantly Fenerbahce’s new coach is Vitor Pereira, who was in charge while Mitroglou played for Olympiacos.

Mitroglou to Fenerbahçe in loan exchange deal?

Reports from Turkey claim that Fenerbahçe are confident of completing a loan exchange deal that will see Fulham misfit Kostas Mitroglou join the Turkish giants whilst Nigerian forward Emmanuel Emenike moves in the other direction.

Mitroglou, who spent last season on loan at Olympiakos, does not have any future at Craven Cottage despite being chairman Shahid Khan’s biggest-money signing. The Greek international striker cost around £12m when he moved from Olympiakos last January, but has only made three appearances for the club in a disastrous injury-hit spell. He returned to his former club on loan last August, helping them reach the Champions’ League group stages and complete their seventeenth domestic double.

Mitroglou’s manager at Olympiakos, the former Portuguese midfielder Vitor Pereira joined Fenerbahçe on Thursday and has already identified the 27 year-old as the man to solve the Turkish giant’s problems in front of goal. Turkish media reports claim that club president Aziz Yildrim and director of football Giuliano Terraneo have held personal discussions with Khan and Fulham officials about a possible swap deal involving Emenike, who has apparently already bought a house in Essex as he prepares for a move to England.

The 28 year-old forward’s second spell with Fenerbahçe is certain to end this summer after he became a target of the boo boys amongst the fanatical Ferne support and asked to be substituted in the derby against Besiktas in March. Emenike’s goals helped fire his country to the African Cup of Nations in 2013, where he finished as the tournament’s top goalscorer, and he helped Fenerbahçe win the double the following season. He was cleared of match-fixing allegations whilst playing in Turkey and is said to be keen on a move to Europe.