Fulham hope to see Wolves battle to land Sporting Lisbon midfielder Joao Palhinha
Fulham are hoping to beat Wolves in the fight to land talented Portugal international Joao Palhinha after agreeing a £15million fee with Sporting Lisbon as the newly-promoted side look to bolster their ranks
- Fulham have agreed a £15million transfer with Sporting Lisbon for Joao Palhinha
- Wolves remain in fight to sign Palhinha as they look to strengthen their midfield
- Fulham have reportedly made a bid for former Porto midfielder to Liverpool, Marko Grujic
Fulham are hoping to fend off rival interests from Wolves for Sporting Lisbon midfielder Joao Palhinha after agreeing a £15m transfer. The 26-year-old is on holiday in Dubai but is due to travel to London once conditions are in place to undergo a medical.
The Portuguese midfielder played a key role in Sporting’s runners-up finish in the league, giving the club another chance to play in the Champions League next season.
He played in six of Sporting’s eight Champions League games last season before finally losing to Manchester City in the round of 16.
Fulham hope to fend off rival Wolves interest in midfielder Joao Palhinha
Palhinha played in six of Sporting Lisbon’s eight Champions League games last season
Palhinha made 27 appearances last season, scoring three goals in the process and adding to his tally of international caps which sees the midfielder reach 14 for the Selecao.
It now remains to be seen which of the two interested parties Palhinha chooses to move to after the transfer was agreed with the Cottagers.
Sportsmail reported that Palhinha had expressed interest in both proposals, but it appears the West London side have moved forward with the process.
Wolves are awaiting the departure of Ruben Neves this summer and Palhinha has been identified by the club as a suitable replacement.
Midfield star Palhinha has totaled 14 caps and two goals so far at international level
Wolves are awaiting the departure of Ruben Neves (centre) in the summer and need a replacement
Meanwhile, Fulham are preparing for their return to the Premier League and manager Marco Silva has been scouring the Portuguese market to help strengthen his squad.
According RegistrationFulham have submitted an offer of around £16million for Porto midfielder Marko Grujic.
Serbia international Grujic was on the books at Liverpool between 2016 and 2021 but spent much of that time on loan before signing for the Portuguese champions last summer.
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