Premier League new boys Fulham are set to strengthen their squad with deals for a striker and defender, writes the Evening Standard.
In deals which take the Cottagers summer spending beyond £75m, Aleksandar Mitrovic is close to making his loan deal permanent. Meanwhile, the club is also in advanced talks with Championship outfit Swansea City over Alfie Mawson.
The first of those deals is expected to complete imminently with Mitrovic travelling to Craven Cottage to sign contracts. After a successful year on loan in Fulham’s promotion-winning season, it’s taken £20m to release the 23-year-old from Newcastle United.
Mawson, 24, started his career at Brentford and is eager to return to London. Previously linked with West Ham, that personal reason gives the West London club the edge over Burnley who are also interested in signing the central defender.
Fulham are willing to meet Swansea’s £22m asking price as the Welsh club look to reposition their finances to comply with the EFL Financial Fair Play regulations.
After signing Jean Michael Seri, Maxime Le Marchand and Fabri – as well as Andre Schurrle on loan – these two deals underline the serious intent behind the West London club’s efforts to avoid a swift return to the Championship.