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Re: Wednesday Fulham Stuff (13/06/18)...
« Reply #20 on: June 13, 2018, 08:07:48 AM »
 
Fulham in talks to sign Jordan Ayew from Swansea

Fulham are in talks to sign striker Jordan Ayew from Swansea, Sky Sports News understands.

Sky Sports News have been told the Cottagers have made a bid in the region of £8m for the Ghana international, who was Swansea's top scorer last season with 11, including seven in the Premier League.

Ayew has been linked with several clubs since Swansea were relegated and joins the likes of goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski and defender Alfie Mawson who look likely to leave South Wales.

Ayew joined Swansea from Aston Villa in January 2017 and played alongside his older brother Andre.



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Re: Wednesday Fulham Stuff (13/06/18)...
« Reply #21 on: June 13, 2018, 08:10:05 AM »
 
Fulham Join Race For Highly Rated Ligue 1 Defender’s Signature: Just Another Wafty Dream?

Fulham have reportedly joined in behind a long line of potential suitors for Toulouse FC defender, Issa Diop. The 21-year-old to be one best young prospects to come out of Ligue 1 and already has been capped 39 times for the France youth sides.

Diop is a cemented starter as the Stadium Municipal with 95 total appearances and 9 goals and assists registered to his name. The centre-back has been an inspiring presence ever since his debut in 2015 alongside a 16-year-old Alphonse Areola.

The defensive pair successfully lifted the French side out of relegation on the very last day of the 2014/15 season to mark their name in the European top-flight. Now Diop is being watched by some of the continents elite sides and is reportedly priced at £26m with 2 years still left in his contract.

He is a graduate of the Toulouse youth ranks and has been with the side since he was just 9. The coach of the academy, Fabrice Garrigues was quoted, “He is a very positive person who always takes things with a smile, he is a great man and he is a real leader of men. I remember a very important Under-17s match against Nantes.”

“We were very poor in the first half and at the break, and although he was a year younger, he was the one who spoke up in the locker room, he took charge of the others, he revitalised everybody and we won 4-1.”

Diop’s leadership ability is one of his most redeeming qualities and speaks volumes of his future potential in world football. He towers over opposition forwards with his 6 feet 4-inch stature and is a consistent ball-winner both aerially and on the ground. His matured ability to read the other team’s attack is what sets him apart and has allowed him to rise so early into his playing career.

Diop is at the right point of his development curve where he can afford to take a transfer risk. Fulham have just been promoted to the Premier League after a gruelling battle through the promotion playoffs and are in dire need of top-flight talents.

The 21-year-old will expectedly be handed over a major role with just Marcelo Djalo and Tim Ream in the squad as recognized centre-backs. Ryan Fredericks is also set to join West Ham United at the end of this month and that will leave the backline heavily understaffed for a top-flight challenge.

The Cottagers could use a rising star like Diop in their side but might not have the financial pedigree to challenge the likes of Everton, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur.



http://the4thofficial.net/2018/06/fulham-join-race-highly-rated-ligue-1-defenders-signature-just-another-wafty-dream/

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Re: Wednesday Fulham Stuff (13/06/18)...
« Reply #22 on: June 13, 2018, 08:11:02 AM »

Fulham make £8m bid for Ayew
by Dan on June 12, 2018

Fulham have tabled an £8m bid for Swansea City forward Jordan Ayew, according to a Sky Sports report this evening.

The Whites are holding talks with the recently relegated Welsh club over a potential move to Craven Cottage for the Ghana international. The 26 year-old was Swansea’s top scorer with eleven goals last season and would suit Slavisa Jokanovic’s desire to have Premier League experience among his forward options as Fulham prepare for their return to the English top flight.

Ayew, who can also operate on either wing, made his breakthrough as a teenager at Marseille, scoring the equaliser on his debut against Lorient in 2009. He helped the club win the Ligue 1 title in 2010 as well as three successive French cups, scoring 22 goals in 147 appearances. Ayew then spent a season at Lorient before joining Aston Villa, for a rumoured £8m fee in July 2015. He scored 10 goals in 58 appearances before moving to the Liberty Stadium in Janaury 2017.

Ayew has scored twelve goals in 46 appearances for his country and was part of the Black Stars’ 2014 World Cup squad before helping Ghana finish as runners-up in the African Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea the following year. He has been linked with a host of clubs since Swansea’s relegation and Fulham have sought to steal a march on the strong forward’s other potential suitors.



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Re: Wednesday Fulham Stuff (13/06/18)...
« Reply #23 on: June 13, 2018, 08:19:43 AM »
 
Won’t Even Discuss For €5m – Belgian Side’s President Lays Down Law On West Ham, Fulham and Wolves Target

Standard Liege president Bruno Venanzi has sent out a warning to clubs interested in Edmilson Junior, who has been linked with West Ham, Fulham and Wolves.

The winger was in superb form for Standard Liege in the Belgian top flight last season and netted a head-turning seven goals in the final ten games.
 
Edmilson's exploits have not gone unnoticed and his contractual situation, with just a year left on his deal, has further alerted clubs to his potential availability.

He has interest from England and Italy, while FC Porto and Benfica lead his admirers from Portugal.

Standard Liege president Venanzi knows Edmilson is wanted, but he insists the club are fully prepared to see him walk away for free in 12 months' time than accept anything less than a big offer.

"We want Junior to stay", the president told L'Avenir.

"If he does not extend, we are prepared to let him go for free [next year].

"We can turn down offers.

"For example, we would not sell for €4m or €5m.

"We would only sit around the table for a large amount", Venanzi added.

Standard Liege finished second in the Belgian top flight last season and as a result will enter the Champions League at the third qualifying round stage.



http://www.insidefutbol.com/2018/06/12/wont-even-discuss-for-e5m-belgian-sides-president-lays-down-law-on-west-ham-fulham-and-wolves-target/378712/

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Re: Wednesday Fulham Stuff (13/06/18)...
« Reply #24 on: June 13, 2018, 08:21:37 AM »
 
'Swap deal for Sessegnon!' - Arsenal fans call for sensational transfer as Fulham eye defender

Calum Chambers featured in 24 games for the club last season

Fulham are believed to be keen on a move for Arsenal defender Calum Chambers this summer, according to Sky sources.

The centre-back was linked with a move to the Cottagers last summer, yet he ended up staying at the Emirates after a loan spell at Middlesbrough the previous season.

Slavisa Jokanovic's team, who will need to strengthen their side following their promotion to the Premier League, are believed to have the 23-year-old high on their list of summer targets.

With Tomas Kalas returning to Chelsea for the time being, the west London side will need to bring in acquisitions at the heart of defence with limited options in that position at present.

Chambers featured in 24 games for the Gunners last season and he could potentially be one to move on as Unai Emery looks to raise vital transfer funds.

The Gunners have already brought in Stephan Lichtsteiner on a free transfer from Juventus, while Borussia Dortmund defender Sokratis is expected to follow later this month.

Caglar Soyuncu could also potentially be another new arrival with Sven Mislintat believed to be keen on signing the highly-rated Freiburg defender.

Arsenal fans have had plenty to say on social media following the news that Fulham could make a move for the ex-Southampton man.

With many supporters claiming that it should be Shkodran Mustafi who is sold, some fans have even suggested a potential swap deal involving teen sensation Ryan Sessegnon.



https://www.football.london/arsenal-fc/transfer-news/chambers-sessegnon-fulham-transfer-arsenal-14774682

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Re: Wednesday Fulham Stuff (13/06/18)...
« Reply #25 on: June 13, 2018, 08:25:00 AM »
 
OPPOSITION IN FOCUS: FULHAM

Our rundown of Brighton & Hove Albion’s Premier League opposition for the 2018/19 campaign continues with newly-promoted Fulham.

League Position 2017/18: Sky Bet Championship - 3rd (promoted via the play-offs)

Top league goalscorer: Ryan Sessegnon

How did they do last season?


Having lost out to Reading in the play-off semi-finals at the end of the 2016/17 campaign, Slavisa Jokanovic guided the side back to the same stage last season and then onto a victory over Aston Villa in the final after four years away from the top flight.

The 1-0 win at Wembley Stadium came courtesy of a first-half strike from Tom Cairney, completing a remarkable turnaround in a campaign which had seen the Whites occupy 17th place in the division back in November.

After four victories in their opening 17 league games, the side went on a run which saw them lose just twice in 28 matches, propelling the Cottagers up into the top six at the end of January – eventually missing out on automatic promotion by just two points.

Highlights included a 5-4 away victory over Sheffield United and a 6-0 home win against Burton Albion.

Who’s in charge?

Slavisa Jokanovic
led Watford to the Premier league in the 2014/15 season before departing the Hornets at the end of the season.

Jokanovic then masterminded Fulham’s return to the Premier League last year, having arrived at Craven Cottage at the end of 2015.

As well as those posts in England, the former FR Yugoslavia player has taken charge of Partizan Belgrade, Muanthong United, Levski Sofia, Hercules and Maccabi Tel Aviv in his managerial career.

Jokanovic has overseen 130 games as Fulham manager, winning 61 and drawing 34 – giving him a 46.9% win ratio.

Who should I keep an eye out for?

Ryan Sessegnon
attracted plenty of admiring glances during an eye-catching season that saw him manage 15 league goals and end the campaign as the side’s top goalscorer across all competitions.

One of many highlights of the season for the youngster was his hat-trick in the 5-4 win away to Sheffield United, in what was his 50th appearance in a Fulham shirt – it also made him the first 17-year-old to score a hat-trick in the top four tiers of English football since Dele Alli in 2014.

Sessegnon picked up five awards at the campaign’s end, winning the Championship Player of the Season, Young Player of the Season and Apprentice of the Year, as well as being named in the Team of the Season and the EFL’s Club Developed XI.

How have we fared against them in the past?

The Seagulls have won on each of their previous three visits to Craven Cottage.

With Nathan Jones in temporary charge in 2014, following Sami Hyypia’s departure, the Seagulls, who sat near the bottom of the Sky Bet Championship, made the trip to south-west London.

Albion were without a victory in seven matches, having only won a single away match all season, but Jones masterminded an impressive 2-0 win over the Cottagers after Christmas.

In the opening month of the following campaign - now with Chris Hughton in charge - the Seagulls visited Fulham in their second game of the season.

Goals from Sam Baldock and Tomer Hemed cancelled out Tom Cairney’s first-half goal to give Albion all three points.

The Seagulls took a 17-game unbeaten run in the league to Craven Cottage the following season.

Fulham were awarded a penalty in the 15th minute, but Albion keeper David Stockdale made a heroic save to keep out Stefan Johansen’s spot-kick.

Despite the stop, the Seagulls found themselves behind in the 55th minute when Lucas Piazon fired home for the Cottagers, which put Albion’s unbeaten run under threat.

But then came a crazy two-minute spell which flipped the game on its head, as Hemed scored from the penalty spot and Lewis Dunk charged up field to head home after a stunning Albion break.

It was the second time the Seagulls had come from a goal down to win against Fulham during the 2016/17 campaign, and the away victory was another crucial moment in the club’s quest for promotion.



https://www.brightonandhovealbion.com/news/2018/june/opposition-in-focus-fulham/


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Re: Wednesday Fulham Stuff (13/06/18)...
« Reply #26 on: June 13, 2018, 08:26:01 AM »

Arsenal want more than £22m for Chambers
by Dan on June 13, 2018

Fulham’s pursuit of Calum Chambers seems to have come crashing to a halt over Arsenal’s valuation of the England international.

According to a report in this morning’s Times, the Gunners want more than £22m for their 23 year-old centre back and it is believed that Fulham would not countenance meeting such a hefty asking price. Chambers was priced out of a move to Crystal Palace last summer when Arsenal asked their London rivals to increase their initial £16m bid to £27m.

It remains to be seen whether Chambers, who has made 83 appearances for Arsenal since moving to the Emirates from Southampton in an £18m deal back in July 2014, will be made available for loan by new Gunners boss Unai Emery. Fulham are eyeing other central defensive targets and the Daily Star reports that the Whites are closing in on a deal for Tomas Kalas, who has spent the last two seasons on loan at Craven Cottage.



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