Fulham chasing defensive additions as well as Mitroglou

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Rene Meulensteen is looking to strengthen his defence before 11pm today.

Fulham have reportedly made another bid for Swansea left-back Neil Taylor according to Sky Sports. They had one bid rejected last week believed to be £4m, but they have now returned with an improved offer.

However a deal has certainly been made more complicated for Fulham to complete as Neil Taylor's wife is currently in labour. Therefore it is hugely unlikely that Taylor will be looking at completing a move today.

 

Meulensteen has also had bids rejected for Phil Bardsley in this window, but now seems to be focusing his attention on Jonny Heitinga. BBC Sport chief football writer Phil McNulty has said

"Fulham's enquiry for Everton defender John Heitinga is an interesting potential deal as the Netherlands international previously decided to give West Ham United a wide berth in this window. Perhaps his fellow countryman Rene Meulensteen can succeed where Sam Allardyce failed."

Galatasaray are also interested in the Dutch international however, and The Mirror reports that Roberto Martinez has admitted Heitinga is in talks with the Turkish club. The defender will want a move that can guarantee him first-team football, so he can try and force his way into the Dutch World Cup squad for this summer.

Martinez said "He had talks. He was given permission to speak to a couple of clubs. That has been the case in the last two days. It's very important that, in this window, Johnny finds the right solution from now until till the end of the season."

Fulham are also hoping to wrap up the signing of striker Konstantinos Mitroglou, despite late attempts from West Ham to hijack the move.

Sky Sports are reporting that Lewis Holtby is training with Fulham today and should complete a loan move. A deal has yet to be officially announced though. 

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