Cottagers working on Aleksandar Mitrovic deal


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Fulham are hoping to step up negotiations with Newcastle United over a deal to sign striker Aleksandar Mitrovic,reports claim.

The 23-year-old has been on the Magpies’ books since the summer of 2015 but spent the second half of last season on loan with the Cottagers.

He shone in west London, bagging 12 goals in 17 Championship appearances as Fulham finished third in the standings before gaining promotion via the play-offs.

Manager Slavisa Jokanovic has made no secret of the fact that he wants to sign the Serbia international on a permanent basis and the player is also open to the move, with personal terms now agreed.

However, there appears to be an impasse over his value, with the Tynesiders holding out for more cash after Fulham’s initial bid was deemed insufficient.

It is thought that they require an offer in the region of £20m to get the deal done and it remains to be seen if the Fulham money men will sanction that amount.

A report by the Evening Standard claims the capital outfit are keen to tie up the transfer in the coming days as they want to focus on the start of the Premier League season and an attempt to build a solid foundation rather than becoming involved in a relegation scrap.

Fulham are 2.70 to be relegated, with Cardiff City priced at 1.70 favourites for the drop, and the addition of the former Anderlecht hitman would certainly aid their hopes of survival.

If things pan out the way they hope, he could become Fulham’s second signing of the week after Andre Schurrle was brought in on a two-year loan deal earlier in the week.

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