A mixed first half to the campaign has seen Fulham left on the brink of falling into a relegation dogfight despite a strong start. As a result, Martin Jol might look to enter the transfer market to refresh his side.
Where the team needs to strengthen
It was always going to be tricky to replace Mousa Dembele and Clint Dempsey, and Fulham look short of creativity and power in their midfield. They might also need to invest in their defence, with Brede Hangeland still yet to sign a new deal at Craven Cottage.
Martin Jol has said that it will be difficult to bring in high quality players in January, and that he will need to be creative in assessing out of favour players at other sides. With that in mind, loan moves for midfielders Tom Huddlestone and Jordan Henderson have been mooted in the press, with the former enjoying perhaps the best spell of his career under Jol at Tottenham Hotspur. Fulham have already confirmed the signing of midfielder Chris David from FC Twente. Whilst you wouldn’t think a striker is a priority, Fulham have also been linked with Darren Bent, who has struggled for playing time under Paul Lambert at Aston Villa. Jol could also dip into the Championship to add to his midfield ranks with Derby’s wonderkid Will Hughes and Nottingham Forest’s Lewis McGugan both apparently on Fulham’s radar. Fulham might also rekindle their summer interested in midfield anchorman Derek Boateng, who is out of favour at Ukrainian side Dnipro. Goalkeeper Sinat Bolat is already at Fulham, with Jol looking to decide whether to sign the player on a free in the summer after undertaking injury rehabilitation at the club. Wolfsburg defender Alexander Madlung, who has been capped by Germany but is currently unhappy at his club, is apparently close to agreeing a switch to London. Fulham are also reportedly close to signing Molde defender Vegard Forren, who has previously been linked with a host of Premiership clubs.
There is increasing speculation that Brede Hangeland could leave the club, with QPR reportedly interested in the towering centre back who’s contract expires in the summer. One of Mark Schwarzer or David Stockdale could be leaving if Fulham do sign a new keeper.
Fulham are unlikely to have a huge amount of money available, and will focus on cheap moves for players struggling at their clubs as a result. Perhaps £5-8 million will be handed to Jol to turn the season around.
Fulham might be one of the busier sides this January, with many of the moves they have been linked with looking eminently achievable. Midfield reinforcements are a must, and Jol looks set to gamble on some out of favour players from across Europe.
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