If Fulham had their way, Cameron Jerome would have been plying his trade at Craven Cottage all the way back in 2011. According to The Mirror, the London club had a £3 million offer rejected by Birmingham City, who viewed the hard-working striker as an essential part of their squad.
However, six years on, Fulham are in an excellent position to get their man. Jerome’s current club, Norwich City, will let him go in the summer as they embark on a huge summer overhaul.
Jerome guarantees goals at Championship level
And The Mirror reports that Fulham could try their luck again, preparing a £3 million bid with manager Slavisa Jokanovic believing that the 30-year-old could fire The Cottagers to promotion after they suffered play-off heartbreak last season.
There’s certainly logic in Jokanovic’s plan. Jerome, who has also been linked to Sunderland and Nottingham Forest (The Sun), twice helped Birmingham City reach the promised land in 2007 and 2009 while also netting in Norwich’s 2015 play-off final victory against Middlesbrough two years ago.
Furthermore, Jerome is a proven Championship goalscorer who has netted 34 in his last two seasons in the second tier, including 16 as Norwich endured a disappointing campaign last time out.
And with Fulham losing Chris Martin, who returned to Derby County upon the expiry of his loan spell, Jerome would be welcomed with open arms.
However, his a move for the former Birmingham striker may be an acceptance that Fulham will be left disappointed in their attempt to lure Diego Rolan to the Championship. Sky Sports report that The Cottagers had agreed a £5 million deal to sign the Bordeaux striker.
Rolan (R) netted nine Ligue 1 goals for Bordeaux last season
Yet, the report says he is holding out for a move to the Premier League, with Newcastle United understood to be keen. The Magpies have tracked Rolan for at least two years and, with Dwight Gayle and the out-of-favour Aleksandar Mitrovic the club’s only senior striking options, he could be a fine addition for Rafael Benitez.