John Edwards from Mail Online has just popped into the Football Transfer Tavern to announce that Fulham will sign Standard Liege keeper Sinan Bolat when the January transfer window opens.
The 24-year-old will move to Craven Cottage in a cut-price £800,000 deal after he had been considering an offer from the London club for the last few months. He is a vital part of the Turkish national team set up and he will surely provide suitable competition to Fulham first choice keeper Mark Schwarzer for the rest of the season. The Cottagers current back up brigade comprises Philippines international Neil Etheridge and Hungarian Csaba Somogyi but both are inexperienced in terms of their exposure to top flight football.
Standard Liege decided to accept Fulham’s offer after he made it clear that he no intention to sign a new deal with the Belgian club and wanted to cash in before losing him on a free transfer during the summer.
The report confirms that while the transfer is about to be completed, personal terms are still being agreed but they are likely to be just a formality after Bolat declared he wanted to sign for Fulham.
Bolat, who is the only goalkeeper to score from open play in Champions League history, will be the first capture for Martin Jol’s side in the New Year as he seeks to turn around his side’s disappointing recent form.