It follows comments from head coach Marco Silva who believes the club are not ready for their return to the top flight.
It is understood that Fulham have offers on the table for Chelsea’s Malang Sarr and West Ham’s Issa Diop. Fulham are believed to have offered both a loan and permanent offer to Chelsea, while the Diop bid is thought to be worth £15million, having previously put down a bid worth £12million. However, it is thought West Ham are seeking further add-ons worth in the region of £3m to £5m.
Silva’s side drew 1-1 with Villarreal in their last pre-season friendly on Sunday, having signed three first-team players permanently this summer, along with Manor Solomon on a temporary deal.
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When asked after the game whether his newly-promoted team were prepared for the season ahead of next weekend’s opening game against Liverpool, Silva said: “No. These players are ready for the Premier League. I congratulate them for the work they have been doing. They were fantastic last season and they are working really hard. But we as a squad are not ready.”
Silva pointed to a lack of defenders as one reason for his concern. When asked if Fulham need one or two additions and he said: “You are being positive. We have 16 senior players in our squad, no one can compete at this level with 16.
“I will tell you one more. No one can prepare a season with two central defenders at this level.
“Everyone that understands football can see we need at least five or six players, that is clear, if we want to be competitive.
“These players need help to be competitive in the training every day. We cannot be now five weeks in the pre-season with two central defenders.”
When asked if more players would arrive soon, he said: “I expected that they would arrive at the beginning of pre-season, the first week of pre-season, or the second week of the pre-season. I hope they can arrive soon. I know that Alistair (Mackintosh, chief executive) and Tony (Khan, vice chairman and director of football operations) are working on it.”
Silva said the club’s hierarchy are working hard on transfers.
“Of course we’re all on the same page, we’re all in the same boat. My words are not against any one because I’m the first one out in front. Don’t confuse or put Marco is angry. I’m being realistic with you.
“Of course it is a frustrating situation. But it’s for them as well because they are trying and they are not getting what we want or the players that we should have here right now. We are speaking, every single day with Alistair and of course speaking every single day with other connections. I am doing my best, they are doing their best as well, but we have to act.”
Silva’s side were promoted from the Championship as champions last season. However, Fulham have been relegated from the top-flight in each of their last two campaigns following promotion.
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