Fulham already know next £17m transfer window decision
The January transfer window may have just ended with a late flurry of business for Fulham but it appears the Cottagers may already know the next piece of business they hope to conclude this summer.
Marco Silva's side successfully brought in Chelsea striker Armando Broja on loan in a dramatic Deadline Day race against Premier League rivals Wolves, but the club were also reported to be in contact with German outfit VfB Stuttgart as the clock ticked down to 11 pm. Fulham are known to be in the market for a winger to boost their ranks, having also been linked with moves for former West Ham man Said Benrahma and Marseille man Ismaila Sarr.
However, it was VfB Stuttgart winger Silas Katompa Mvumpa who emerged as a prime target in January with reports that Fulham had submitted an offer to the club over a potential January deal. Mvumpa, who is known as Silas, was said to be keen to make the move to the Premier League but an agreement with the club could not be struck.
Stuttgart were demanding a fee of around £17 million for the 25-year-old, who has five goals and four assists in 19 appearances this season. Fulham were prepared to pay that sum but only in a loan-to-buy offer, which did not suit the Bundesliga side.
Sky Sports Deutschland journalist Florian Plettenberg reports that Fulham have not given up on their target are are, in fact, 'still pushing' to sign the DR Congo international come the summer. Whether Stuttgart are still willing to accept £17 million for the player's services remains to be seen.
The winger is currently taking part in the Africa Cup of Nations and his DR Congo side has booked a place in the tournament's semi-finals having come behind to beat Guinea 3-1 in the quarter-final. Silas picked up an assist in that match and also has a goal to his name at AFCON so far this year.