Fulham close in on back-four double swoop

After finishing in the top half of the Premier League table under Marco Silva, the Cottagers look to strengthen the spine of the senior side along the Thames this summer by reinforcing the heart of the back-four.

Premier League overachievers Fulham could be set for vital reinforcements in the heart of the defense under Marco Silva at Craven Cottage after the club has closed the distance to agreeing deals for Ajax’s Calvin Bassey and Southampton’s Mohammed Salisu.

According to reports from The Athletic’s David Ornstein, the Cottagers have already reached a full agreement with the Dutch giants for the 23-year-old Nigerian international in a deal that would see the club splash £18m on the former Glasgow Rangers standout, who is being urged by Ajax manager Maurice Steijn to leave this summer.

Quotes sourced by football insider Fabrizio Romano from De Telegraaf detail the situation in Amsterdam, with Steijn stating to the player that it would be better for him to depart the club this summer.

“I told Calvin Bassey it would be better to leave Ajax. Also because of the money. When he leaves — we can strengthen the squad properly. I have told him this honestly”

Fulham is also reportedly closing in on a deal for Mohammed Salisu according to Sky Sports, with a fee in the region of£15m thought the be close to a final agreement between both clubs, offering the player an immediate escape route back to the Premier League.

As covered yesterday, however, Silva’s men will face competition from Ligue 1 giants AS Monaco for the services of the 24-year-old Ghanaian international center-back, with The Monégasques having always witnessed two bids rejected by Saints.

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Andrew Thompson

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