Fulham are keen on a deal for Bournemouth striker Lys Mousset in next month’s transfer window, according to Sky Sports.
They report that Claudio Ranieri wants to add another striker to his ranks in January and has eyed up Mousset, who has never really established himself at the Vitality Stadium.
He has made just seven Premier League starts during his time with Cherries, but Ranieri clearly views Mousset as a man who could benefit from a clean break and support Aleksandar Mitrovic in attack.
But doubts must remain over Mousset’s ability to find the net on a regular basis in the Premier League; it would require him to show something we haven’t yet seen from him in this country if he is to make a meaningful contribution to Fulham’s survival bid.
He has just two top flight goals from 35 appearances for Eddie Howe’s side, which is not the profile of a man who can come in and be a firefighter.
On top of that, Ranieri prefers to play a much cagier style than Howe deploys with Bournemouth; if Mousset cannot regularly find the net in an adventurous Cherries side, will he really do better in a struggling side playing on the break?
Ranieri would be wiser to focus his investment on his defence – or target forwards who are more fit for purpose.