Today a source close to the club has told us that Fulham have put in a second bid for 27-year-old Portuguese striker Rui Fonte. The first bid that was first reported by CharlesJonesSports a couple of weeks ago had been rejected but that hasn’t deterred the West London Club.
The original bid €6 million was rejected by Braga as they look to hold on to Fonte as he guarantees goals at that level scoring 11 times in the league last year. Fulham are determined to get their man as they have now bid €8.5 million which is around £7.7 million pounds. Reports suggest that Braga have set an asking Price of £9 million, however, Fulham are hoping to get their man for less than that
A concerning statistic for Fulham fans, however, is the fact that 8 of those goals came in games where he scored braces against some of the worse teams in the Portuguese league. Feirense, who finished 8th, Pacos Fereira who finished 13th, Tondela who finished 16th, and Arouca who finished 17th.
So 11 Portuguese league goals looks good, but when you see that 8 of those goals were against 4 of the worst defences in the league it doesn’t look too good. With Fulhams transfer policy being heavily stats based with Craig Kline having a big say in who comes in you have to worry that he has overlooked who these goals were scored against.
Fonte hasn’t been scoring in Europe either. Playing 5 games in the Europa League last season and failing to find the net. The Portuguese forward scored 15 in all competitions last season getting his name on the scoresheet every 202 minutes on average. Compare this to Fulhams striker last season Chris Martin who managed a goal every 262 minutes and it looks promising.
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