Fulham are considering tabling an offer for Celtic defender Dedryck Boyata on account of his World Cup exploits with Belgium, according to the Scottish Sun.
The 27 year-old defender has only a year to run on his current Celtic contract and, although Hoops boss Brendan Rodgers hasn’t conceded defeat in convincing the former Manchester City centre back to extend his deal, Boyata’s composed displays in Russia could spark a bidding war amongst some of Europe’s leading clubs for his services. The Sun report suggests that Lazio had been tracking Boyata in Russia, whilst Fulham are now mulling over whether to make an offer as they look to strengthen their defence this summer.
Celtic are reluctant to sell Boyata, who has made 92 appearances in three seasons with the Scottish giants, but could be persuaded to cash in on his excellent international form should he not be willing to sign a new contract. The 6ft 2in centre half was called into Roberto Martinez’s squad for Russia having made a real impression north of the border as an integral part of the Celtic side that stormed to three consecutive league titles.
Boyata, who came through the youth ranks at Manchester City having moved to England from Brussels back in 2006, started all three of Belgium’s group games at the World Cup. He has been attracting attention from a number of Turkish and French sides since the end of the season – and Fulham would face stiff competition for his signature. Boyata may relish the opportunity of proving himself in the Premier League, having made just twelve league appearances in four seasons at Manchester City, and the Sun suggests that the Whites would be willing to offer him a substantial wage increase.
Fulham need to find a way to deal with a side content to pump long balls in towards the Whites defence.
Birmingham produced that style of football in the Whites’ 1-0 defeat at St Andrew’s and the visiting defenders found it difficult at times to deal with the aerial bombardment.
And Tim Ream admitted it was difficult to counteract with Fulham needing to get to work on resolving the issue on the training ground.
He said: “They were hitting a lot of long balls and very aggressive on the press. We need to figure out a way to overcome those two aspects of their game and we didn’t at Birmingham.”
The turning point in the contest came in the 68th minute as Ryan Fredericks was sent off for a reckless lunge on Craig Gardner.
The Blues, spurred on by the man advantage, grabbed the winner soon after as Lukas Jutkiewicz turned the ball home.
Ream added: “It’s one of those things isn’t it? The red card was a game changer but we weren’t playing well before that. We were better in the second half but overall, it wasn’t a good game for us.”
Fulham have tonight confirmed the arrival of Celtic midfielder Stefan Johansen on a three-year contract.
The Norwegian midfielder is believed to have cost around £2m after turning down a new deal in Glasgow and not being part of new Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers’ future plans. The 25 year-old will be looking to reignite his career after a difficult second season with the Scottish giants and has been a long-term target for Fulham head coach Slavisa Jokanovic, with the London club heavily linked with a move over the course of the summer.
Johansen, who has won 29 caps for his country, scored 20 goals in 114 appearances for Celtic having shot to prominence with Stromsodget, whom he helped win the title in 2013. Fulham have the option of extending Johansen’s contract at Craven Cottage by an additional year should they wish to.
Fulham are on the verge of completing a deal to sign Celtic midfielder Stefan Johansen, according to various reports this morning,
The Norwegian midfielder has been a long-term target for Fulham – having been linked with a move to London earlier in the summer – and Jokanovic is keen on adding to his attacking midfield options. Johansen, who has scored twelve times in 73 appearances for the Scottish giants, does not feature in Brendan Rodgers future at plans at Celtic and has been allowed to look for a move.
Johansen, who was voted Scotland’s player of the year in 2014/2015, had previously been linked with moves to several English clubs – including Aston Villa. The 26 year-old starred as Strømsgodset won their first Norwegian title in 43 years back in 2013 and has also one won domestic championship with the Glasgow side. Fulham have reportedly agreed a fee of around £1.5m for the midfielder and he successfully passed a medical at Motspur Park yesterday.
Fulham are ready to offer £2m for the Celtic midfielder Stefan Johansen, according to a report in today’s Scottish Sun.
The newspaper believes that Johansen, who was linked with a move to Craven Cottage back in June, is one of Slavisa Jokanovic’s top targets and that the Whites are ready to spend some of their Ross McCormack windfall on tempting the Norwegian midfielder south. Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers is believed to be open to offloading Johansen in order to bring in further new faces as he completes the summer overhaul of his squad.
Johansen, who was named Celtic’s player of the year after the 2014-2015 season, has seen proposed talks over a new contract placed on the back burner since Rodgers took over at Celtic Park. The 25 year-old midfielder, who won the Norwegian title with Strømsgodset in 2013, has made 113 appearances for Celtic, scoring thirteen goals.