Fulham are set for a frantic final days of the summer transfer window as they try to bolster Scott Parker’s squad with two centre-backs.
Parker’s team have conceded 10 goals in their opening three Premier League games of the season, which have all been defeats, and he wants defenders with a ruthless mentality to help rescue their campaign.
PSV’s Timo Baumgartl is on the list of defenders they are looking at. The German, 24, has played regularly in Bundesliga with Stuttgart before moving to Eindhoven a year ago and he is targeting a place in his national team’s European Championship plans after playing for the Under-21s.
Torino’s Gleison Bremer is another they have considered although it is now thought that a deal for the Brazilian, 23, will prove difficult to complete before Monday’s transfer deadline for international deals.
Fulham have continued their search after a deal for Marlon from Sassuolo collapsed at the medical stage last week. They will also look at the loan market among players with Premier League experience and give players the opportunity to play their part in a survival campaign.
Parker has started with Denis Odoi and Michael Hector at the heart of his defence this season but it has seen them ship three goals against Arsenal, four against Leeds United and another three against Aston Villa.
French goalkeeper Alphonse Areola has arrived from Paris Saint-Germain, while Mario Lemina and Ademola Lookman have added to Parker’s options in midfield and Ola Aina has come in at right-back. Parker will now look at centre-backs.
He lost Terence Kongolo when he returned to Huddersfield after his loan last season and has not thrashed out a deal for him to come back to Craven Cottage.
“This is deeper than a video clip of mistakes,” said Parker after the Elland Road defeat, where he revealed he was considering a change of personnel at the back.