Fulham, Liverpool and Newcastle to battle for Swedish international


Swedish international forward Ola Toivonen has many admirers in the Premier League, and could make a move in January

PSV Eindhoven forward Ola Toivonen has hinted at a move away from Holland, with a number of Premier League sides rumoured to be monitoring his situation.

The Swedish international is yet to sign a new contract with Phillip Cocu's side, and can subsequently leave the club on a free transfer next summer should he choose to turn down any offers of a new deal.

The 27 year old has only found the back of the net once so far this season, but has established a reputation in Holland for being a dangerous player either as an attacking midfielder or a striker.

His displays for club and country haven't gone unnoticed, and Norwich City pushed hard to sign the Swede over the summer, and though they agreed a fee with the Dutch club, Toivonen turned down the switch to Carrow Road, stating that he “did not get what he wanted”.

The availability of Toivonen has alerted other Premier League clubs, with Fulham, Liverpool and Newcastle all linked with moves for him in recent times, and his recent comments about a move away will give them hope about securing his signature.

Upon being questioned about the various transfer rumours involving him, Toivonen said: "I haven't heard anything, it is my agent who takes care of that. Nothing new has happened."

With Martin Jol's limited budget at Craven Cottage – and his knowledge of Dutch football – Toivonen could be a prime candidate to arrive at Fulham with his contract expiring, and add more attacking prowess, which will be particularly important with Dimitar Berbatov out of form so far this season.

The suggested fee for Toivonen is £2.5m, with PSV willing to make a small amount now rather than lose him for nothing in the summer.

Liverpool have seen their partnership of Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge flourish so far this season, but Iago Aspas has yet to justify his £7.7m transfer fee and could return to La Liga in January, meaning Brendan Rodgers will be seeking another forward in the transfer window.

Meanwhile, Newcastle are searching for additional firepower to take some pressure off Papiss Cisse, and Tiovonen's versatility would come in handy for manager Alan Pardew, who could use him either behind Cisse, play him alongside him or even instead of Cisse.

All three clubs will have to compete with Serie A side Fiorentina for Toivonen's signature, but he's likely to be in demand come January, with the low transfer fee wanted.

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