It certainly wasn’t a lack of firepower that put pay to Fulham’s hopes of Premier League football last season. Scoring 85 times in the Championship, they were the joint most prolific side in the second tier along with Norwich City and title winners Newcastle United.
Therefore, it makes sense for manager Slavisa Jokanovic to fortify a defence which conceded 17 more goals than the top two, Newcastle and Brighton, in 2016/17 – especially with last season’s loanee Tomas Kalas heading back to parent club Chelsea.
Fulham manager Slavisa Jokanovic
Fulham have already completed the signing of Lugo defender Marcelo Djalo and they now look set to follow that up with Alexander Djiku.
According to L’Equipe (page 18, 6th July), Corsican side Bastia, who were relegated from Ligue 1 last season, are in a dire financial situation and therefore need to sell their prized assets.
And Djiku, a 22-year-old centre-back who started 20 games in France’s top flight last season, falls into that category. L’Equipe claim that the defender, who has spent his entire career at Bastia, could be available for a knockdown fee of around £2.6 million.
The report adds that he could be sold within the next few days.
Fulham have competition, however. The report adds that Birmingham City, who recently reinforced their defence with the addition of Barnsley captain Marc Roberts, are interested in further reinforcements.
Crystal Palace are also linked as new manager Frank de Boer intends to fix an unhelpful penchant for conceding sloppy goals. The Eagles hopes of signing Sevilla’s France international Adil Rami now look distinctly unlikely with L’Equipe claiming he has chosen Marseille instead of Selhurst Park.
Which means Fulham face a fight landing Djiku.