Targett the target
Fulham are not giving up in their pursuit of a new full-back and continue to chase a familiar name, with a late approach made to tempt Southampton into approving a departure for Matt Targett after his successful loan stint in West London last term.
TeamTalk state that the Cottagers have made an improved bid worth around £14m to the Saints for the services of the 22-year-old, who played a key-part in the club’s playoff triumph last season by crafting a stellar partnership down the left side with Ryan Sessegnon.
It’s also added that Southampton may be able to a deal after informing Sam McQueen he cannot leave on loan, as he would be required as cover for Ryan Bertrand if Targett leaves.
Deadline Day brings optimism and concern, with Fulham fans set to learn that in the next 24 hours as rumours circulating around the services of starlet Ryan Sessegnon heat up as the final hours of the transfer window.
According to The Mirror (Live blog, 13:36), Fulham are increasingly worried that Tottenham Hotspur could make a late swoop to try and lure Sessegnon across London – with the report adding that a bid is being prepared.
The 18-year-old has already made his intention to play for Fulham in the Premier League clear, which can ease some nerves.
Moving on to a man who’s future is already resolved, Fulham secured a major coup with the capture of Germany World Cup winner Andre Schurrle on loan from Borussia Dortmund – bringing the former Chelsea man back to the Premier League.
It seems to have served as a homecoming to the 27-year-old, who revealed when speaking to The Sun that west London feels like home and admitted he may have been too hasty in leaving Stamford Bridge in 2015.
“Maybe the move to Germany was too early and I should have stayed at Chelsea a bit longer. Yeah [it felt like a homecoming], somehow a little bit. For sure.”
Mallo hopes for move
Fulham’s search for a new full-back does not just orientate around Matt Targett, as the Cottagers are also attributed with an interest in Celta Vigo’s Hugo Mallo – and the defender is hoping to secure a late move to the Premier League.
That’s according to reports from La Voz de Galicia, who state that representatives of the 27-year-old have confirmed a ‘very attractive’ financial offer for the experienced defender and he does not want to let the opportunity pass him by.
However, it is also stated he would be thrilled to renew his deal with the LaLiga side.