This edition may be a scaled down version of the four that have already been and gone, but there’s genuine brawn and substance within this particular helping. Forget strikers, wing-backs and ‘keepers (Jack Butland was deliberately left out because, meh), central defenders are the main focal point and we couldn’t be happier, even if that cryptic Gerard Pique fabrication miraculously became a reality.
But, alas, it didn’t, so we’ve nothing more to do than gawp at the few defensive generals we have before us and what a tempting line up it is n’all. There’s pedigree, prospect and proficiency within this bunch and I’m not talking about the young flanker sandwiched between the real bulky filler, either. I’ve said too much, away with you!
Jonathan Tah – Bayer 04 Leverkusen
Not to get carried away with ourselves with this one, but the Telegraph reports that Fulham, alongside fellow Premier League side Leicester City, are monitoring the availability of Bayer 04 Leverkusen centre-half Jonathan Tah.
The 24-year-old, who has been capped by Germany 10 times, has been on Leverkusen’s books since 2016 but it appears his days at the BayArena could be numbered. Leicester are apparently tailing AS Saint-Etienne’s Wesley Fofana but, if they fall short of the mark, the Foxes could muscle in on the Whites’ proposed admiration of Tah, who is valued – as per respected German publication Bild – at £33m by the Bundesliga outfit.Embed from Getty Images
Martin Hinteregger – Eintracht Frankfurt
Yes, it’s been floating around for a few weeks now, but we’ll stay put in Germany as The Sun suggests that Fulham are hot on the studs of Eintracht Frankfurt’s Martin Hinteregger, a powerful centre-back who’s also a trusted component within the Austria national fold.
The 28-year-old, formerly of FC Augsburg and Red Bull Salzburg, has been capped 45 times by his country and is a highly dominant enforcer, although he’s also a fairly accomplished goal scorer, too. In the 2019-20 Bundesliga season, Hinteregger dispatched 8 goals domestically (9 in all competitions) and ended the campaign as the division’s most prolific defender.
Harry Wilson – Liverpool
Again, we’ve another link dragged from the archives and it’s also another scoop cooked up by our friends at The Sun. Liverpool’s Harry Wilson, detailed by the renowned tabloid, is being closely watched by Fulham, who are allegedly in the market for a new winger.
Impressing on loan at AFC Bournemouth last season, the Reds value the Wales international at £20m, although the Whites are apparently unwilling to shell out any more than £12m on the 23-year-old. Other than Fulham, Leeds United, Aston Villa and Newcastle United are also thought to be interested in his services.Embed from Getty Images
Omar Alderete – FC Basel 1893
I’m not entirely sure how much we can trust this tweet from Sqenf Foot, although it appears that Fulham have earmarked FC Basel 1893’s Omar Alderete, a 24-year-old centre-back that could be available for as little as €5.48m, or so the unfamiliar social media page declares.
The left-footed Paraguay international joined the Swiss club in July 2019 from Argentinian outfit Club Atletico Huracan. In 48 outings, Alderete incurred 13 yellow cards and 1 straight dismissal, so he’s evidently got a mean streak in his makeup. Hardened enthusiasm or reckless devotion? Who knows.
Gleison Bremer – Torino FC
Various Italian reports, disclosed by Italian outlet Football Italia, have revealed that Fulham, as well as Everton, are tracking Torino FC’s 23-year-old Brazilian defender Gleison Bremer.
The Whites have already cooperated with the Serie A side over the loan signing of Nigeria international Ola Aina and, if the business relationship is strong, the newly-promoted Londoners could reach another agreement for the well-rounded centre-half. With 5 goals and 4 assists to his name in 35 appearances last term for the Turin-based club, Bremer could be a very beneficial addition to Parker’s camp, especially if we’re reliant on the entire squad to find the net, rather than just our offensive armoury. Always a welcome plus, that.