Fulham transfer round-up: Ravel Morrison and Ryan Bertrand to arrive?

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West Ham and Chelsea youngsters could cross the capital to join Rene Meulensteen, plus Danish striker could sign to replace Dimitar Berbatov.

Ravel Morrison has told West Ham United he would like to join Fulham, according to Goal.

The England under-21 star is said to be valued by the Cottagers at around £5million plus add-ons.

Morrison, who has been tipped by some to get a late call-up to Roy Hodgson’s England squad for the World Cup, started the season in great form but has missed the last three league games due to a groin problem.

The talented 20-year-old enjoyed a good relationship with Fulham boss Rene Meulensteen when both were at Manchester United, and the Dutchman is keen to add some youth to his midfield to complement veterans such as Scott Parker, Giorgos Karagounis and Steve Sidwell.

Fulham are likely to offer Morrison an increase on his current £15,000 a week wages as well as the opportunity to remain in London.

Sam Allardyce is keen to bolster his squad in other areas, namely defence and attack, meaning the funds secured from selling the midfielder would be very much welcome as the Hammers look to escape the relegation zone.

Fulham are also looking to strengthen their defence by signing left-back Ryan Bertrand from Chelsea, according to the Guardian.

The 24-year-old, who has two England caps, is behind both Cesar Azpilicueta and Ashley Cole in the pecking order under Jose Mourinho and has only made one Premier League appearance this season, in the 4-1 home win over Cardiff in October.

John Arne Riise, the Cottagers’ first choice left-back, is now 33 and a younger alternative would be appreciated.

Bertrand has regularly been linked with Liverpool in recent transfer windows and it would be a major coup if Meulensteen could secure his signature.

Brondby’s giant centre-forward Simon Makienok is also a target for the West London club, according to the Guardian.

The striker would cost £3.3million and could be seen as a replacement for Dimitar Berbatov, who continues to be linked with a move to Arsenal. The 23-year-old has six caps for Denmark.

The club have confirmed that their Italian youngster Marcello Trotta has extended his loan deal at Brentford for the rest of the season.

The 21-year-old has been at the League One leaders since September and also spent much of last season with the Bees. Chelsea's George Saville will also stay with Brentford on loan.

 

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