Matin Jol quickly showed Fulham’s intentions for the upcoming season with impressive early signings such as Maarten Stekelenberg, although recently that early window spark has flickered out.
Matin Jol quickly showed Fulham’s intentions for the upcoming season with impressive early signings such as Maarten Stekelenberg, although recently that early window spark has flickered out. With barely any rumours circulating around, it appears Fulham’s business this window could nearly be over.
Jol is making all the right moves by looking to improve all aspects of his current Fulham team and the loan signing of Adel Taarabt could be an exciting addition to his squad.
Fulham managed to secure Sascha Riether after a superb season as a loanee at Craven Cottage. Sascha has himself said that Fulham are targeting a top 10 finish, which with a few more signings should be in their reach. Let’s see who they could potentially bring in.
Walter Gargano (Midfielder, Napoli)
Despite recent interest from Sunderland, Fulham still have a good chance of signing the Uruguayan international. He missed out on a move to Inter Milan and has since turned down clubs to keep his options open. A move to the Premier League could be what he is holding out for. A defensive midfielder with great vision and 56 international caps, Gargano could anchor Fulham’s midfield superbly. The 29 year old should cost around the £6 million mark, and if they can keep him away for Sunderland he would add class and protection to their midfield. Another option could be Eyong Enoh, who joined Fulham on loan in January. He has since returned to Ajax and if Fulham can negotiate lower than the £3 million asking price he could well return permanently.
Scott Dann (Defender, Blackburn Rovers)
The English defender wants to leave the championship club and Fulham are keen on signing him. Despite captaining Blackburn this season, he wants to step up to the Premier League and Blackburn seem happy to get him off their big wage bill. Due to this they would even consider a loan offer. Everton are also rumoured to have an eye on the big defender. Prone to chipping in with the occasional goal, he would add further depth to their defensive options.
Pablo Osvaldo (Striker, Roma)
The Italian international has gained a lot of attention recently, with a long list of clubs fighting for his signature. After a solid season, scoring 16 goals in 29 league appearances, it’s easy to see why. A capable finisher with both feet and head it appears he will be playing elsewhere next season. Tottenham emerged as early front runners but have since faded away. Fulham are in competition with Benfica, Southampton and Inter Milan to secure his talents. Roma seem reluctant to sell to a rival, so Inter Milan could be out. Saying that, Osvaldo seems as though he would prefer to stay in Serie A, to help him gain more international caps. If the controversial striker can live up to his potential Fulham fans could adore him. Another option could be Watford striker Troy Deeney who has started the season superbly. Though with Darren Bent’s loan move nearing completion, another striker may not even be needed.