Michael Madl placed on the transfer list by Fulham

Austrian defender Michael Madl has been placed on the transfer list this week by Fulham. It is looking likely that he will depart Craven Cottage before the end of the window. 
This follows the departure of Icelandic centre back Ragnar Sigurdsson on loan to Rubin Kazan. Madl leaving would leave Fulham quite bare bones at centre back, with the only centre backs in the squad signed permanently being; Tim Ream and Marcelo Djalo. Tomas Kalas is also signed but only on a loan deal, so Fulham fans may expect defensive reinforcements arriving in the next couple of weeks. 
Dennis Odoi has been playing as a makeshift centre back this season. The Belgian has impressed against both Reading and Leeds playing in his new role, so Fulham may not need to sign a replacement for Madl. 
Madl has been linked to a move to Legia Warsaw so a move to Poland may be on the cards for him. Madl joined Fulham on loan in January 2016 and impressed during that spell enough to get a permanent move in the summer. However he has now lost his place in the starting 11 and is deemed surplus to requirements. 
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Fulham end pursuit of Joe Bennett and switch attention to two other targets after refusing to pay his wage demands

Fulham have turned their backs on a deal to sign Cardiff left back Joe Bennett, after he has demanded a weekly wage in excess of £30,000. Fulham are now set to turn their attention back to a previous target in Maxime Poundje, and young Porto left-back Rafa Soares.

The Joe Bennett deal looked all but done earlier in the week, as Fulham had activated his release clause and begun talks about a contract, at which point the deal hit a problem. Joe Bennett was asking for a wage in excess of £30,000 a week which is double what he is earning at Cardiff, and with Fulham being sensible spenders, they showed Bennett the door.

The Cardiff left back would have been a replacement for Scott Malone. After Malone’s departure, Ryan Sessegnon has been the first choice left back, but every Fulham fan can see that the young prospect is destined to go the route of Gareth Bale, and end up playing on the wing one day. Any fan can see that his attacking prowess is too great to be wasted at left back.

Rafa Soares may join Fulham on loan amidst interest from the whites. He is not currently Porto’s first choice in that position, as Miguel Layun and Alex Telles are both above him in the pecking order. The 22-year-old left back impressed while on loan with Rio Ave in Portugal last season. This signing would come after the arrival of fellow countryman Rui Fonte, and this move would help both players settle in.

The Maxime Poundje situation has also changed since this news. Similarly to his team mate Diego Rolan he remains hard to convince to join a Championship club as he feels it isn’t the best move for his career. This could still all change as he has been frozen out of the Bordeaux squad and as the window winds down he could be scrambling for a club, as could Rolan.

Should we have paid Bennetts wage demands? Should we still go after Poundje if he isn’t sure about joining? Discuss here or at http://www.friendsoffulham.com/forum/index.php

Cauley Woodrow to move to Bristol City as Rui Fonte is set to join Fulham

22 Year old Fulham striker Cauley Woodrow is set to join Bristol City on loan with view to a permanent deal. After a second loan spell with Burton didn’t come to fruition. The England under 21 international is not currently in manager Slavisa Jokanovic’s plans, as he is moving on loan again after going to Burton Albion for the second half of last season.

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Fulham increase bid for striker

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.

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