All change at Craven Cottage.
Fulham are closing in on a loan deal for Marseille forward André-Pierre Gignac and could bid for his international team-mate Guillaume Hoarau, according to reports in France.
French radio station RMC SPORTS have reported that an agreement has been reached between Fulham and Marseille that will see Gignac move to Craven Cottage until the end of the season, with an option for the Londoners to make the move permanent for a fee of £6.7m.
The same station has also suggested that Fulham have enquired about Paris St-Germain striker Guillaume Hoarou, but any move for the 27-year-old is unlikely to take place before the French side confirm Carlo Ancelotti as their new manager.
With Martin Jol rumoured to have fallen out with Bobby Zamora, and Andy Johnson set to leave in January, moves for Gignac and Hoarou would certainly provide a much-needed attacking boost for the Craven Cottage club.
Whilst Fulham boss has been quick to deny any speculation around a possible falling out with Bobby Zamora the fact that the England man didn’t even make the Cottagers squad for the West London derby on Boxing day spoke volumes. Andy Johnson is also likely to leave as his contract is up in the summer and a sale next month would help avoid the loss of the £10.5m signed player for nothing.
Jol has had to rely heavily on goals from the midfield and wings, chiefly from Clint Dempsey and Bryan Ruiz, so the addition of this French pair would do wonders for the club’s pursuit to climb the Premier League table. Similarly Guillaume Hoarau has found himself out of the PSG since the big spenders brought in new striking options over the summer.
Andre-Pierre Gignac’s career has stagnated somewhat at Marseille and the 26 year old has the quality to make it in the English top tier.