This could well be the coup of the year for Fulham; hell, the coup of the century. The renowned David Albelda could be packing his bags for Craven Cottage at the end of the week if news reports are to be believed.
Sky Sports reports that the fall out boy of Valencia could be heading towards London as early as next week. Fulham manager Roy Hodgson is anxious to drag his side from the relegation zone and to achieve the feat he is ready to use his contacts spread across Europe. Hodgson has been linked with a number of high profile players currently plying their trade in mainland Europe but no one comes better than Albelda.
Albelda is a tough defensive midfielder who is an expert in breaking opponents’ moves. He has massive UEFA Champions League experience and was also the captain of the Valencia side that accomplished the Spanish league and UEFA Cup double under the then manager Rafael Benitez in 2004. Last month Albelda fell out with Valencia manager Ronald Koeman who then publicly derided him and confirmed that as long as he is charge at the Mestalla there was no way that Albelda would feature in a Valencia shirt.
Albelda is keen to move to any club so as to cement his place in the Spanish national side that plays in the Euro 2008 finals this summer. Should indeed Fulham be able to seduce the player to craven Cottage, they would cwertainly be thanking their starts, for a David Albelda in this otherwise poor Fulham side would certainly multiply their chances of escaping relegation this season.