According to a recent report by The Athletic, Fulham, along with Everton and Southampton, are showing an interest in a late move for the Bournemouth striker, though Southampton’s move for the forward is thought to be stalling over his wage demands.
The £9.9 million-rated 29-year-old, whose contract expires at Bournemouth at the end of the season, has been heavily linked with a move back to the Premier League throughout January, however, according to Jones, speaking on a recent video for Touchline Talk, Fulham do not look likely to be the Norway international’s destination, should he indeed move over what remains of the window.
He said: “From what I’m told, I don’t know if he’s convinced that Fulham is a good move for him at this stage. I mean, there is as much chance of Fulham being in the Championship next season as there is Bournemouth. So, is it really progressing him, in terms of where he wants to be? Southampton are being linked with him quite strongly today, I think that probably makes much more sense.”
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Considering the fact that as well as Southampton and Everton, overseas teams – who could potentially offer King Champions League football, – are also being linked with a move for the 29-year-old, with the greatest of respect to 18th-placed Fulham, they would not appear to be the most attractive prospect of the bunch.
And, with Danny Ings recently throwing considerable doubt on his future at Southampton, perhaps the south coast side will be pushing particularly firmly to get a deal over the line this evening so that they already have a replacement for Ings, should he indeed depart the club this summer, making a move all the more difficult for Scott Parker’s side.