Fulham need reinforcements at both ends of the pitch.
Not only are they crying out for centre-backs with The Cottagers’ defensive record ranking as the worst in the Premier League, Claudio Ranieri could do with a new striker too with the over-reliance on Aleksandar Mitrovic proving a problem in recent months.
So signing two players from local rivals Chelsea would go a long way to aiding Fulham’s survival bid.
According to The Standard, Fulham are close to signing 33-year-old Gary Cahill while Michy Batshuayi is another Blues outcast on Ranieri’s radar.
The Mirror believes that Fulham are keen on Batshuayi, whose transfer value has tumbled to just £14 million after returning to Stamford Bridge from an underwhelming loan spell from Valencia. Cahill, meanwhile, is expected to arrive on a short-term loan.
And, should Cahill and Batshuayi arrive in a bargain double-deal, they would be two very welcome additions for a team who are conceding too many at one end and not scoring enough at the other.
Ranieri told BT Sport that his side need a leader and 33-year-old Cahill, who has won almost everything there is at Chelsea, certainly fits the bill.
Batshuayi, meanwhile, showed in spells at Marseille and Borussia Dortmund that he can be a reliable source of goals if given regular starts.