As the transfer window enters its final week, many Fulham supporters will be hoping it never comes to a close.
This summer has brought a deluge of exciting, high-profile signings to Craven Cottage, exceeding the wildest expectations of many fans.
After the captures of a number of attacking stars, the focus now shifts to shoring up Fulham’s spine, as the club is in the market for a number of defence-minded players.
Here are four ins and outs Fulham could complete during the transfer window’s final week…
Calum Chambers from Arsenal
Reports in the Daily Mail claim that 23-year-old Arsenal defender Calum Chambers is set to have a medical at Fulham ahead of a season-long loan in SW6.
A flexible player who can play comfortably in the centre of defence, right back, and holding midfield, Chambers would be a valuable asset for Fulham.
Add in a healthy dose of Premier League and European experience (in both the Champions League and Europa League), and the Englishman could be the ideal fit for Slavisa Jokanovic’s possession-based side.
Dedryck Boyata from Celtic
According to The Times, Fulham have tabled a £9 million bid for Celtic defender Dedryck Boyata. The Belgian international featured prominently during this year’s World Cup and has excelled north of the border under Brendan Rodgers.
Fulham are in desperate need of centre-halves, and the 27-year-old ex-Manchester City defender would provide good cover at the back, along with new signings Alfie Mawson and Maxime le Merchand.
Josuha Guilavogui from Wolfsburg
Sky Sports reported that Fulham were interested in purchasing Wolfsburg’s French international midfielder Josuha Guilavogui. Guilavogui is a defensive midfielder who would provide fierce competition for Kevin McDonald in the holding role of Fulham’s midfield trio.
An experienced 27-year-old who has played in Ligue 1, La Liga and the Bundesliga, as well as the Champions League and the Europa League, the Frenchman would offer top-quality steel and grit to Fulham.
Possible departure: Marlon Fossey on loan
The young American has been one of the revelations of preseason so far, impressing with his lively performances at right back.
At just 19 years of age, Fossey has bags of potential and would perhaps be best served heading out on loan to a Football League club this season to gain vital first-team experience.