Fulham are hopeful of beating Wolves in the fight to land talented Portugal international Joao Palhinha after agreeing £15m 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 the fight to sign Palhinha as they look to bolster their midfield
- Fulham have reportedly bid for Porto’s former Liverpool midfielder Marko Grujic
Fulham are hopeful of fending off rival interest from Wolves for Sporting Lisbon midfielder Joao Palhinha after agreeing a £15million transfer. The 26-year-old is on holiday in Dubai but is due to travel to London once terms are in place, to undergo a medical.
The Portuguese midfielder played a key role in Sporting’s second-placed league finish which grants the club another shot at Champions League football next season.
He featured in six of Sporting’s eight Champions League games last season before eventually losing out to Manchester City in the Round of 16.
Fulham are hopeful of fending off rival interest from Wolves for midfielder Joao Palhinha
Palhinha featured in six of Sporting Lisbon’s eight Champions League games last season
Palhinha made 27 appearances last term, notching three goals in the process and added 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 opts to move to after the transfer was agreed with the Cottagers.
Sportsmail reported that Palhinha has shown interest in both proposals but it appears that the west London side have nudged ahead in the proceedings.
Wolves are expecting the departure of Ruben Neves this summer and Palhinha has been pinpointed by the club as an adequate replacement.
Midfield star Palhinha was mustered up 14 caps and two goals so far at international level
Wolves expect the departure of Ruben Neves (centre) this 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 bolster his squad.
According to Record, Fulham have submitted a bid of around £16million for Porto midfielder Marko Grujic.
Serbian international Grujic was on the books at Liverpool between 2016-2021 but spent much of that time on loan before signing for the Portuguese champions last summer.
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