Fulham are keen to sign Germany international Jonathan Tah from Bayer Leverkusen with Leicester City also in the race for his signature, according to The Telegraph.
The Cottagers’ 3-0 thumping by Arsenal on Saturday could be written off as mere opening-day jitters, ruthlessly punished by a fearsome front three of Alexandre Lacazette, Willian and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
But when you consider Fulham flopped spectacularly in the Premier League as recently as 2018/19, conceding 81 goals en route to relegation, a battering at the hands of the Gunners must have felt like a vivid case of déjà vu.
In truth, against Arsenal Fulham’s back line looked as error prone and porous now as it did then.
Tim Ream gifted Lacazette an early opener while Michael Hector, a colossus in the Championship, was dizzied and dazed by Arsenal’s rapid-fire movement.
It goes without saying, then, that the addition of a top-quality central defender with ten caps for the German national team would be well received at Craven Cottage.
The Telegraph reports that Tah, who is 6ft 5in and has almost 150 Bundesliga appearances under his belt and copious Champions League experience, could be on his way to London in what would be a major coup for Fulham.
A £33 million valuation could make Tah their new record signing (BILD).
The report adds that Leicester are keen too but St Etienne’s Wesley Fofana remains their top target. The Frenchman admitted recently he would be “crazy” to turn down a move to the King Power Stadium (L’Equipe).