The Mirror are reporting today that Fulham have lined up Newcastle striker Dwight Gayle as a replacement striker in case they cannot get a suitable deal to take Aleksandar Mitrovic to London.
Mitrovic is supposed to return to training tomorrow from his summer break after playing in the World Cup for Serbia and wanted his future sorted out before now.
But unless there’s some quick movement this week, he may still have to report back to training on Tyneside.
Newcastle want £20M for Mitro, but he’s the striker Rafa would like to sell, and he would rather keep Dwight Gayle on Tyneside for next season.
Aleksandar Mitrovic in action in World Cup for Serbia
Mitro scored 12 goals in 20 total appearances for Fulham while on loan this year and helped them to a 1-0 playoff win over Aston Villa at Wembley in May.
Aston Villa are now a club in serious financial trouble before starting their third season down below.
Fulham have wanted Mitrovic on a permanent move for months now, and you would expect some type of early agreement to have been reached on price – but you never know with Newcastle.
Our procedure in the transfer market are archaic at best and it something that seems to rile Rafa because they move so slowly.
And it doesn’t look like Rafa is happy at having to wheel and deal this summer with little money available.
This is the fourth transfer window where Mike Ashley has withheld funds from the manager.
And Ashley expects Rafa to sign a new deal to stay at Newcastle?