Fifth-placed club eye summer swoop for in-form Newcastle player signed by McClaren - report
Fulham are eyeing up a swoop for Newcastle United forward Aleksandar Mitrovic on a permanent deal in the summer transfer window, according to a report.
The Northern Echo claims that Craven Cottage boss Slavisa Jokanovic has already decided that he wants to see Mitrovic, 23, extend his stay in London past this season after impressing since moving there on loan in January.
It is understood that Jokanovic is aware that signing the Serbia international from Newcastle may hinge on Fulham being promoted to the Premier League, but the report says that the Cottagers are currently favourites to go up via the play-offs after a stunning run of form that sees them placed fifth in the Championship.
Mitrovic was signed by Steve McClaren at St. James’ Park in 2015 when £13million was paid to Anderlecht.
He had dropped well down the pecking order under Rafa Benitez though before leaving for Fulham last month.
Since arriving in the capital, the Newcastle player has been in great form and has scored two goals in five appearances across all competitions with both of his strikes coming in his last two Championship outings.
Football Insider verdict
Mitrovic has a lot of talent but he just has not been able to showcase it properly at Newcastle. Whether it’s a problem with his attitude or he did not suit Benitez’s tactics, it’s just been a very hard year-and-a-half for him on Tyneside. Benitez should definitely allow him to leave in the summer but it seems Fulham may only be able to go in for him if they achieve promotion. The Magpies have been linked with Tom Cairney in the past, so if the Cottagers don’t achieve promotion then maybe they could see if the North-East giants want the Scottish playmaker in a potential swap deal.
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