Now that Ruiz, Gignac, and Grygera have signed for Fulham on the day before the window closes, what is the outlook for the final day? There are a few players to watch out for who could be either on their way in or on their way out. I decided to lay a few out here:
Derek Boateng: The Dnipro striker impressed Martin Jol in their Europa League ties, and the frontman could be the final piece in the striker puzzle, especially if Andy Johnson ends up leaving (more on that later). Keep an eye on this.
Sulley Muntari: Also linked with QPR, Newcastle, and Aston Villa, Inter is looking to once again loan out their midfielder. The 27 year old Ghana international spent an uninspiring loan spell with Sunderland, but would offer a cheap option. You would think Newcastle would be most interested as they look to replace Joey Barton, but he would only cost £75,000 a week in loan wages.
Jerome Thomas: Roy Hodgeson is insisting he’s not for sale, but that could change at the right price I’m sure. Apparently Jol was planning a new bid after having one turned down, but we’ll see if that still happens now that Ruiz and Gignac are on their way in.
Cameron Jerome: I’m hearing reports he’s signed with Stoke, but if that falls through, he has been and always will be an option for Fulham.
Clint Dempsey: I, along with many other Fulham fans, know how important of a cog Dempsey is to the machine, but if Fulham get a really good bid, it may be too enticing. There is one report out there from Goal.com that Arsenal could be offering up to £16 million, which is almost double Martin Jol’s valuation of £8 million, but the Mail are reporting no one has submitted a bid. Other clubs interested are Sevilla and PSG. Some people are saying clubs have serious interest, others are saying it’s all false. Guess we’ll have to sweat this one out.
Chris Baird: He’s performed pretty well in his return to the lineup, but Jol may decide he’s extra weight. The fan favorite was reportedly being dangled as a piece of a deal for Cameron Jerome, but could very well have played his way back onto the squad in the last few matches.
Andy Johnson: While I still hold, even with the new additions, that it would be completely counter-productive to sell a striker when your biggest need is a striker, Martin Jol may not agree with me. Leicester has apparently made an offer, so we’ll see if Jol bites on the final day of the window.