Fulham now want to sign Paris Saint-Germain forward Hugo Ekitike after Aleksandar Mitrovic was sold to Saudi Arabian side Al-Hilal.
That’s according to a report in today’s Sunday Mirror (20/8, page 54), which shares more details on the potential deal.
Fulham fans won’t look back on 19th August 2023 as a particularly positive day in their history.
They hosted local rivals Brentford off the back of a 1-0 win against Everton on the opening day of the season.
The match was very even until a costly mistake from Issa Diop just before the break gifted Yoane Wissa an easy goal.
Things got even worse after the break as Tim Ream gave away a penalty and picked up a soft second yellow card that ended his involvement in the game.
Bryan Mbeumo completed Fulham’s misery on the pitch as he tapped in a third goal to end the match as a contest.
News then broke that evening that Aleksandar Mitrovic’s record-breaking move to Al-Hilal had finally gone through after months of resistance from the club.
Fulham now want to sign Hugo Ekitike as they look for a replacement for the Serbian.
Whoever comes in will have huge shoes to fill and the 21-year-old will be under a lot of pressure to step up if he’s the club’s chosen replacement.
Fulham want Ekitike as Mitrovic replacement
The report from the Sunday Mirror suggests that Ekitike would be available for around £30m this summer.
He only joined the club permanently last month after spending last season on loan at the club from Stade Reims.
The Sunday Mirror also believe that West Ham and Everton are both keen on the 21-year-old.
Ekitke only managed 12 league starts for PSG last season, scoring three goals and providing four assists.
However, he was joined by the likes of Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe and Neymar in attack last season.
Fulham may want Ekitike but he would have to deal with some very different service if he turned up at Craven Cottage.
Marco Silva’s side are also keen on other strikers, such as Folarin Balogun.
But with less than two weeks until deadline day, Tony Khan will have to find a replacement for Mitrovic sooner rather than later.