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Marco Silva hopes Fulham will add ‘three or four players’ before deadline

Fulham manager Marco Silva is hopeful of adding “three or four” players to his squad before the transfer window closes.

The west London club have made seven signings this summer, however, they are now short in wide areas following a succession of injuries. Both Harry Wilson and Manor Solomon are long-term absentees, while Neeskens Kebano picked up a “small groin issue” last week.

Silva ruled Kebano out of tomorrow night’s Carabao Cup tie with Crawley Town, and he is also a doubt for Saturday’s trip to Arsenal. That leaves Bobby De Cordova-Reid as the club’s only natural senior winger available, and with Rodrigo Muniz recently joining Middlesbrough on loan, Silva is keen to strengthen.

“In this moment, we have three or four players to come in (before) the end of the market definitely,” he said.

“We are really pleased with the players we have, and the players we signed. We kept 90 per cent of the starting XI.

“We sold two players that we didn’t want to sell; Fabio (Carvalho) and Frank (Anguissa), and we need three or four players. It is not easy the market for anyone. But we have to be creative in this moment to add. The wide positions in our attack line, we are struggling there, because we are unlucky (with injuries) in that position. We are looking to strengthen that position, and some other positions as well.”

Newly-promoted Fulham have started the Premier League season brightly and have five points on the board after Saturday’s 3-2 win over Brentford. It is their best start to a Premier League season since 2008, and Silva said he gave his players an unexpected day off on Sunday. “It was a good moment for them to rest, not just the body but emotionally as well.”

The club’s owner, Shahid Khan, was in attendance at Craven Cottage on Saturday to see his team secure the memorable stoppage-time victory, and Silva said he met with Khan on Friday afternoon to discuss transfers, among other things.

He also revealed that the Fulham chairman joined the players in the dressing room after the game.

“Even if he’s not here, we are in contact,” said Silva. “I’m not saying every single day, but we are in contact and I know that if need something, I can contact him straight away.

“It was an important moment for him to be with the team, both the day before, and after in the dressing room. Those type of feelings and connections are important, for him to be with us.

“We had a normal meeting on Friday afternoon, me, him and Alisitair (Mackintosh, chief executive), and of course we spoke about the market and everything is clear between us. Let’s see what we can do.”

Fulham travel to Crawley Town tomorrow for their second-round Carabao Cup tie and Silva said some of his new signings will “definitely” feature in that game, as well as some academy players. Issa Diop, Shane Duffy and Kevin Mbabu are all yet to start a competitive game for the west London club after moves from West Ham, Brighton and Wolfsburg respectively.

“The Carabao Cup is really important, the FA Cup even more important in this country and for us as well,” he said. “The Premier League is the top competition for us. But if you ask me if I would like to have a very good run in this competition, definitely yes.”

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