Joao Palhinha’s proposed move to Bayern Munich will not be sanctioned by Fulham until a replacement is found. The Cottagers are actively seeking alternatives and have made contact with Tottenham Hotspur over a proposed move for Danish outcast Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, according to Fabrizio Romano.
Fulham Identify Hojbjerg as Palhinha Replacement
Club Yet to Agree Fee for Star
Despite conveying an interest in Palhinha, Bayern are yet to agree a fee with the Cottagers for the 28-year-old. The German champions have agreed terms with the player for a five-year contract.
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However, Fulham are unwilling to come to the negotiating table until a replacement for the Portuguese international has been found. With limited time to arrange an incoming midfielder, tensions are running high in West London.
Fulham Consider Replacement Options
Romano’s report has revealed that Marco Silva’s side have reached out to other Premier League clubs about potential solutions to their potential gap in the centre of the park. One potential replacement would be Spurs’ Hojbjerg, who is yet to start in the Premier League this season for Ange Postecoglou’s side.
The Danish midfielder was once a key part of the Tottenham lineup, with his physical dominance and efficient passing a vital part of his side’s previous set up. He was described as “invaluable” by former Leeds player Noel Whelan last summer, after his impressive performances under Antonio Conte caught the eye.
Dharmesh Sheth has also reported that Scotland and Manchester United midfielder Scott McTominay is another potential suitor for Fulham. Anyone who arrives at Craven Cottage will do well to make the impact that Palhinha has. In his short tenure for the Cottagers, he has already been hailed as a ‘key player’ by his head coach.
Joao Palhinha ‘Fighting’ for the Move
Palhinha has expressed his desire to make the move to Bayern Munich clear to his current club but there remains hope that the Portuguese player will stay at Craven Cottage. Marco Silva has confirmed that Palhinha is still training and is in contention for their upcoming Premier League away tie at Manchester City.
Despite this, Fabrizio Romano has revealed that Palhinha is “fighting to go” to Germany. The Bundesliga champions see Palhinha as their priority target in the closing stages of the window, as the outgoing Ryan Gravenberch is making his way to England to complete a move to Liverpool.