Fulham Transfer Window Round-Up Week 3


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Fulham’s frailties were all too plainly obvious against Arsenal at the weekend and Roy Hodgson was quick to spot this problem when he took on the role. He will be glad that some of his hard work in the transfer market may well be paying off and will hope to eradicate the lack of height throughout his team.

6 foot 5 inch central defender Brede Hangeland will hope to add that extra height at the back. The Norwegian international has joined for an undisclosed fee from Danish club FC Copenhagen. How they could have done with him against Emmanuel Adebayor at the weekend?

With Fulham’s defensive frailties being high on Hodgson’s agenda he continues to be linked with a number of Premier League defenders. Wigan’s Paul Scharner is one of those targets, which will cost the London club £3million. (The Mirror) Teemu Tainio is another player on Hodgson’s hit-list as the Spurs defender looks to be surplus to requirements at White Hart Lane. (Daily Star)

Eddie Johnson, the Kansas City Wizards striker will eventually make his move to Craven Cottage as reported in The Guardian this week, however the move is being held up whilst Johnson tries to get a work permit.

Another transfer to face a delay this week is that of the Watford striker Marlon King. The striker looked set to make the move to Fulham; however an old injury to the right knee seems to be delaying the transfer. (The Mirror)

Fulham are believed to be one of the clubs interested in Leeds striker Jermaine Beckford, who has performed wonderfully for the Yorkshire club this year. Wigan and Bolton are also said to be interested in the 24-year old striker.

According the The News of the World on Sunday, West Ham and Fulham are locked in a battle to sign Marko Pantelic from Hertha Berlin. The 29-year old Serbian striker has scored 32 goals in 75 appearances for his current club.

The Times reports Fulham will raid another German club to capture the signature of Danish international midfielder Leon Andreason. Reports have it that Andreason was actually seen at Fulham’s training ground during the week. With Hodgson’s affinity towards Scandinavians, expect many more reports of interest in players from that geographical region in the remainder of the transfer window.

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