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Wednesday Fulham Stuff - 14/07/21...
« on: July 14, 2021, 08:54:56 AM »
West Ham have ‘contacted’ club for signing – Hammers hope to find ‘solution quickly’ for transfer

Alphonse Areola spent last season on loan at Fulham and has now returned to his parent club, Paris Saint-Germian, after the Cottagers were relegated from the Premier League.

The goalkeeper’s displays for Fulham have caught West Ham United’s attention.

Four days ago, Foot Mercato journalist Santi Aouna reported the Hammers are interested in taking the 28-year-old on a loan deal with an option to buy.

Aouna’s claims are now backed up by Tuesday’s edition of L’Equipe and they state David Moyes’ side ‘want’ the Frenchman.

The custodian earns €750,000 per month and after a successful loan spell with Fulham, he could return to the Premier League and specifically to London due to West Ham’s interest.

It’s said the English club have ‘contacted’ the Ligue 1 giants and would like to ‘negotiate’ a loan deal with an option to buy.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side, however, ‘would prefer a sale’. L’Equipe explain the two clubs continue to ‘discuss and hope to find a solution quickly’ so that Areola could make a switch to West Ham.



http://sportwitness.co.uk/west-ham-contacted-club-sign-player-hammers-hope-find-solution-quickly-transfer/

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Re: Wednesday Fulham Stuff - 14/07/21...
« Reply #1 on: July 14, 2021, 08:56:21 AM »
Clarity provided on Porto link to Liverpool’s Harry Wilson as Brentford, Fulham and Cardiff circle

Rumours that Porto are keen on signing Liverpool’s Harry Wilson this summer are not true, as per a recent report by the Liverpool Echo.

The 24-year-old attacking midfield player is widely expected to depart Anfield on a permanent deal this summer, with the likes of Brentford, Fulham, Cardiff and Swansea City having all been linked with a move for the Welshman.

Brentford are said to be set to offer £10 million for the player this summer, whilst the other listed clubs are also keen to secure Wilson’s signature.

However it has now been stated that Porto are not in for the midfielder at present, with a source close to the Portuguese club’s manager Sergio Conceicao stating the following on the speculation:

“The link about Sergio pushing for a transfer of Wilson is not true.

“We have no clue where that rumour has come from.”


Wilson was in fine form whilst on loan at Cardiff last season and notched up an impressive seven goals and 11 assists in the league for the Bluebirds before returning to Anfield this summer after Euro 2020.

The player currently has two years remaining on his contract with the Premier League side.

The Verdict

This news won’t come as too much of a boost to Cardiff, with it still appearing that Brentford are in the driving seat to bring in Wilson this summer.

The Bluebirds are seemingly keen on another loan deal, whilst Jurgen Klopp’s men are more keen to sell the 24-year-old outright after loaning him out on several occasions.

Therefore Mick McCarthy and co may well be forced to turn their attentions to more attainable targets as the gap between now and the start of the season is closing by the week.

Bringing in one or two wide players is certainly a priority for the club and it remains to be seen who they will bring in over the coming weeks.



https://footballleagueworld.co.uk/clarity-provided-on-porto-link-to-liverpools-harry-wilson-as-brentford-fulham-and-cardiff-circle/

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Re: Wednesday Fulham Stuff - 14/07/21...
« Reply #2 on: July 14, 2021, 08:57:55 AM »
August Fixtures On Sale


Tickets for Fulham’s first three home matches in August will go on sale from Wednesday 14th July at 10am.

With Craven Cottage set to welcome supporters back from the start of next season, we can’t wait to see you all in SW6!

The Whites kick-off their 2021/22 campaign against Middlesbrough at Craven Cottage on Sunday 8th August, in a 1:30pm lunchtime meeting. Our new Head Coach Marco Silva will then meeting his former side Hull City on Saturday 21st August (3pm) before we wrap up the opening month with Stoke City visiting SW6 on Saturday 28th August (3pm).

Tickets for these three fixtures go on sale initially to 2021/22 Members at 10am on Wednesday 14th July, with Season Ticket Holders then able to purchase additional tickets from 10am on Thursday 15th July. All remaining seats will then go on General Sale at 10am on Friday 16th July (max. 6 per person).

Fulham’s three August league fixtures are each priced from £30 for adults, £25 for concessions and £15 for juniors. Adult Members will receive a discount on the price of their ticket, while all prices will increase by £5 on matchdays.

Fans will be able to secure their seats online at tickets.fulhamfc.com or by calling the Fulham FC Ticket Office on 0203 871 0810.

Please note, supporters will need to ensure they are logged in to their OneFulham Account and have linked their ticketing account in order to purchase online. For more information on the OneFulham Account, please click here.

Members discount - £5 off for an adult, £2 off for Over 65s and 18-21s

All ticket prices increase by £5 on matchday




https://www.fulhamfc.com/news/2021/july/August-Fixtures-On-Sale/


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Re: Wednesday Fulham Stuff - 14/07/21...
« Reply #3 on: July 14, 2021, 09:00:07 AM »
EFL chief welcomes return of full capacity grounds in bid to make up £250m shortfall

The fourth and final stage of the Government's roadmap will see a number of restrictions lifted, including a limit on capacities at outdoor stadiums

The EFL is preparing for the return of full capacity stadiums next season, after the Government rubber-stamped plans to remove restrictions.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed on Monday evening that he was going ahead with plans to move to step four of his road map out of Covid restrictions.

Part of step four will see restrictions on how many people can attend large events, such as football games, removed.

It paves the way for all 72 EFL clubs to have supporters back at games next season.

And that is music to the ears of the EFL and chief executive Trevor Birch.

Speaking to EFL Magazine recently, Birch outlined the huge financial impact that playing games behind-closed-doors has had on the league.

"A full return of fans has to be a priority for us," said Birch.

"We've quoted the lost gate revenue figure of £250million; clubs are hurting financially and the prospect of a future without full crowds is not one we're eager to contemplate.

"We want to be back to full crowd; that has to be a priority because it's vital for clubs' financial wellbeing."

Restrictions are officially lifted from next Monday, meaning clubs could potentially use pre-season matches as pilots for bigger crowds.

 The EFL is also expected to scale back its iFollow coverage of live games in a bid to protect matchday attendances.

The service has been a lifeline for fans over the past 16 months, allowing them to watch every game live from home.




https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/efl-full-grounds-250m-shortfall-24523246

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« Reply #4 on: July 14, 2021, 09:01:00 AM »
Report: Man City linked with ‘surprise move’ for Fulham’s £10m-rated player

Manchester City have Oleksandr Zinchenko and Benjamin Mendy at left-back, but the Daily Mail (h/t Mirror) say Pep Guardiola is looking at another defender in Antonee Robinson.

The 23-year-old joined Fulham from Wigan Athletic in 2020 and has gone on to make 32 appearances in all competitions. Robinson still has three years remaining on his contract at Craven Cottage, but his future is uncertain at Fulham’s relegation from the Premier League.

The Daily Mail say Wolverhampton Wanderers could challenge City to procure Robinson’s signature and will have to pay around £10m to get the ‘surprise move’ over the line.

If Robinson was really a target for the Sky Blues, that would mean an existing left-back could be sold. Zinchenko was a regular last season while Mendy found himself on the bench or out of the matchday squad, so his future might be up in the air.

The 26-year-old amassed less than 1000 minutes of Premier League football last season and continues to have injury woes while also struggling for consistency.

Robinson might eventually be an improvement on Mendy, but he’s still a Fulham player for the time being.




https://manchestercity.vitalfootball.co.uk/manchester-city-fulham-antonee-robinson/

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Re: Wednesday Fulham Stuff - 14/07/21...
« Reply #5 on: July 14, 2021, 09:02:23 AM »
Fulham dealt Harry Wilson transfer blow

Fulham have been dealt a blow in their bid to bring Harry Wilson to Craven Cottage this summer.

What’s the talk?

That’s according to a report by Football Insider, who claim that Brentford have made contact with Liverpool regarding a deal for the 24-year-old, with Thomas Frank’s side expected to submit an offer in the very near future.

It is reported that the Reds would be open to parting with the winger for an offer in the region of £15m, with Fulham also believed to be considering a move for the Wales international in the summer transfer window.

Silva will be furious

Considering just how much potential Wilson appears to possess, the fact that Marco Silva’s side could be gazumped by Brentford in a move for the Liverpool man this summer is sure to have left the Portuguese boss furious.

Indeed, the Welshman has highly impressed over a number of loan spells at Championship sides in recent years, scoring seven goals and providing four assists over 13 appearances for Hull City in 2017/18 and bagging 16 goals and registering four assists over 43 appearances for Frank Lampard’s Derby County in 2018/19.

Most recently, Wilson spent the 2020/21 campaign on loan at Cardiff, where the £41k-per-week forward scored seven goals, registered 11 assists and created 11 big chances for his teammates over 37 Championship appearances.

These metrics saw the £15.3m-rated man – who Marcelo Bielsa dubbed an “exceptional” player – earn a seasonal SofaScore match rating of 7.20, ranking him as Mick McCarthy’s second-best player in the second tier of English football, helping his side secure an impressive eighth-place finish in the Championship.

As such, with Silva undoubtedly hoping his side can go on and secure an immediate return to the top flight next season, the signing of Wilson would have very much appeared to provide the 44-year-old with a fantastic opportunity to do so.

However, with Brentford now looking most likely to get a deal over the line for the Liverpool winger this summer, Silva may well have to turn his attention in the transfer market elsewhere, an outcome that will be incredibly frustrating for the new Cottagers boss.



https://www.footballfancast.com/fulham-fc-transfer-rumours/fulham-transfer-news-marco-silva-harry-wilson-liverpool-the-championship


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Re: Wednesday Fulham Stuff - 14/07/21...
« Reply #6 on: July 14, 2021, 09:04:29 AM »
Fulham: Fans react to image of Aleksandar Mitrovic

Fulham fans have been reacting to a photo that has emerged on social media of forward Aleksandar Mitrovic.

Last season was certainly one to forget for the Serbian, starting only 13 of the club’s 38 games in the Premier League as he didn’t quite fit into the system that manager Scott Parker wished to play, and as a result, he saw his goal return in all competitions drop from 26 to 4.

On top of that, he also had the infamy of missing the crucial penalty for his country as they missed out on Euro 2020 qualification.

But it is all change now at Fulham with the appointment of Marco Silva as the new boss, with the Portuguese tactician reportedly a fan of the 26-year-old, so hopefully he’ll be able to get things back on track this season.

And when the club’s official Twitter account posted a photo of Mitrovic back in training ahead of the new campaign, there were plenty of fans on hand to show their excitement at seeing him getting prepped for the season:

“The look of a man gunning for 20+ goals this season.”
@HammyEnd

“The beast is back”
@TomBartlett01

“Mitro and Anguissa staying….. The Champ ain’t ready”
@CareyNicholas

“He’s back in business”
@WaskFFC

“Oh baby!”
@supersimmo123

“This has made my day”
@fulhamvik

The reactions here are pretty unsurprising when you consider his record in the second tier for Fulham has been vital in seeing them getting promoted twice in recent years, and if they want to get back at the first time of asking once again, he may well have to play a pivotal part once again.



https://thisisfutbol.com/2021/07/blogs/premier-league/fulham/fulham-fans-react-to-image-of-aleksandar-mitrovic/

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« Reply #7 on: July 14, 2021, 09:06:14 AM »
Fulham: First team scout James Ellis departs Craven Cottage

Having only made the move to Fulham at the beginning of the month, new manager Marco Silva is already facing a battle to plug a significant and newly-emerged gap at Craven Cottage after the club lost the services of a key member of their first team recruitment setup.

James Ellis had been a senior scout at Fulham since his arrival at the club back in 2015, helping the Cottagers to recruit players both domestically and from the continent, often to great effect.

However, as an unfortunate result of this aforementioned success, the club will now no longer be able to rely on the eagle eyes of Ellis. The Leicester-based talent spotter has just secured a move to Premier League side Arsenal, where he will be responsible for the assessment and recommendation of UK-based players.

Silva will be gutted

While Silva may not have directly benefited from the work Ellis put into Fulham during his six years at the club, the exit of the scout feels like a significant blow to the Cottagers’ recruitment team, with his departure potentially leaving the newly-installed manager gutted to have lost a reliable backroom presence so early in his tenure.

Indeed, Ellis had played a key role in a number of Fulham’s most impressive signings of the past few years, with players such as Tom Cairney, Aleksandar Mitrovic, Alphonse Areola, Tosin Adarabioyo and Antonee Robinson all being targets who would have been run through him prior to a decision being made regarding a move in the transfer market.

With some of these players now having cult level status at Craven Cottage (Cairney and Mitrovic), while others are being touted for significant transfer fees this summer (Adarabioyo and Robinson), it would indeed appear that Ellis got many decisions right during his time in west London.

As such, with his departure leaving a considerable gap in the backroom team at Fulham, Silva – as well as Shahid and Tony Kahn – will need to act quickly to replace Ellis this summer in order to minimise disruption to the Cottagers’ transfer plans ahead of the club’s upcoming Championship campaign.



https://www.footballfancast.com/fulham-fc-news/fulham-transfer-news-james-ellis-marco-silva-the-championship

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« Reply #8 on: July 14, 2021, 09:07:10 AM »
Nottingham Forest sign Ethan Horvath

Nottingham Forest have completed the signing of USMNT goalkeeper Ethan Horvath – both Fulham and Huddersfield Town were linked with the 26-year-old.

Horvath joins Nottingham Forest after four years playing in Belgium with Club Brugge. He becomes Chris Hughton’s first summer signing after the US stopper saw plenty of transfer interest flare up.

Previously, Spurs were linked with a surprise move for Horvath before Huddersfield Town were then linked, with Fulham then looking likely to bring him to Craven Cottage.

But Forest emerged late and seemingly out of nowhere to bring Horvath to the City Ground, though it looks likely that he’ll play no.2 to Brice Samba in the new season.

Thoughts?

Horvath is an experienced pro and a favoured name in his homeland, and will bring with him a good dose of quality to the City Ground.

For Hughton, he’s got his first signing through the door but it’s not really the kind of signing that fans want to see.

Forest netted just 37 goals in the Championship last season and are in dire need of attacking recruits this month, or they could easily find themselves struggling in the league again next time round.




https://the72.co.uk/242087/nottingham-forest-sign-ethan-horvath/


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« Reply #9 on: July 14, 2021, 09:08:34 AM »
Club figure lays down terms for Celtic, Rangers, Fulham target – eight-figure price mentioned

Peterborough United’s director of football Barry Fry has reiterated that Posh won’t be selling Siriki Dembele this summer – the Scot has been linked with Celtic, Rangers and Fulham.

Dembele, 24, played a huge part in Peterborough United’s promotion to the Championship last season.

He featured 42 times in League One last time round, scoring 11 goals and grabbing ten assists as Posh finished 2nd to claim automatic promotion from the third-tier alongside 1st-place Hull City.

Dembele though is now in the final year of his contract with the club. He’s been linked with a move away throughout the year and the likes of Celtic, Rangers and Fulham have seemingly been mentioned the most.

Now though, speaking to Transfer Tavern, Fry has insisted that Dembele won’t be sold this summer – unless any buying club can cough up a ‘substantial figure’. He said:

“He’s a talented boy and just because he’s in his last year, people think we’ll sell. We won’t

“We’ve got a better chance of retaining our Championship status with Jonson Clarke-Harris and Dembele in our side than not. It’s got to be substantial figures for either of them or we’ll just let Dembele go for nothing in a year.

“If he keeps us up, it’s worth £15million to us. It’s well worth it.”

Thoughts?

Fry and Peterborough find themselves in a precarious position with regards to Dembele – they obviously have interest in the player and given his contract situation, they could look to sell up this summer.

But maintaining Championship football is obviously the aim here. Dembele is a quality player and should shine for Posh in the Championship but no mater how well he performs, losing him for nothing next summer would be an undoubted blow and if Posh are relegated too, it’d be even more so.



https://the72.co.uk/242090/club-figure-lays-down-terms-for-celtic-rangers-fulham-target-eight-figure-price-mentioned/