Report: Hugo Mallo rejects Fulham move after £9m Cottagers bid

Fulham's Serbian manager Slavisa Jokanovic looks on before  the English Premier League football match between Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United at Wembley Stadium in London, on January...

Premier League newcomers Fulham look set to be disappointed in their reported pursuit of the La Liga right-back Hugo Mallo.

Hugo Mallo of Celta de Vigo competes for the ball with Celso Borges of Deportivo de La Coruna during the La Liga match between Celta de Vigo and Deportivo La Coruna at Balaidos Stadium on...

There has been so much focus on Fulham’s pursuit of a left-back this summer that the need for a Ryan Fredericks replacement has almost gone under the radar.

But, while the Cottagers look to have landed Bristol City’s Joe Bryan to reinforce the left side of their defence, their attempts to bring a new right-back to West London appear to be proving a little more problematic on transfer deadline day.

 

Marca claimed on Wednesday that Fulham had made a £9 million bid to sign the Celta Vigo captain Hugo Mallo.

But, while the Cottagers have enjoyed great success in the transfer window this summer, Mallo looks like one player who will not be on his way.

Hugo Mallo of Celta de Vigo in actionduring the La Liga match between Celta de Vigo and Sevilla at Balaidos Stadium on April 7, 2018 in Vigo, Spain.

It is reported by the Sun that the 27-year-old has rejected the chance to move to Craven Cottage and will now sign a new and improved contract with Celta Vigo. The former Spain U21 international has spent his entire career with the Balaidos, making over 300 appearances, and it seems that he has no interest in leaving just yet.

This will be a major boost for Celta, who still face up to losing Slovakian midfielder Stanislav Lobotka and Uruguayan striker Maxi Gomez to Premier League clubs on Thursday.

Jordi Alba of FC Barcelona fights for the ball with Hugo Mallo of Celta de Vigo during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Celta de Vigo at Camp Nou on December 2, 2017 in Barcelona,...

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