The Daily Mail are reporting that Fulham boss Roy Hodgson will trim his squad and reduce his wage budget in January by selling five squad players who have only managed four substitute appearances between them so far this Premiership season. South Korean Seol Ki-Hyeon, American Eddie Johnson and Scandinavian trio Fredrik Stoor, David Elm and Toni Kallio have all been told they can leave.
Swedish striker Elm only joined Fulham this summer in a £500,000 deal to boost their attacking options but he’s only made one appearance to date and that was as a last minute substitute in a League Cup clash with Manchester City.
His countryman Stoor has had an equally frustrating time at Craven Cottage. Having arrived in the summer of 2008 for an undisclosed fee, the right back has only made 2 Premiership appearances in over a year and has spent most of this season on loan at Derby where he’s done well at Championship level.
Finn Kallio joined Fulham in January 2008 and got the Man of the Match award on his debut for the club. It was a false dawn though as he’s gone on to make just 3 league appearances for the club and is currently on loan at Sheffield United.
Seol-Ki Hyeon joined Fulham in the summer of 2007 from Reading for an undisclosed fee and made a decent start to life at Craven Cottage but soon fell out of favour and spent a loan spell in Saudi Arabia last season. He’s made just 18 league appearances for the club, scoring 1 goal, in his two years there. This despite having proven himself at Premiership level with Reading.
Johnson is the one who has the most to lose from being made available for transfer though as the American was hopeful of making his international squad for the World Cup and this setback at Fulham will not have helped him. He joined Fulham in January 2008 for a fee of around £3 million from Kansas City Wizards and was supposedly one of America’s top young strikers. Johnson failed to impress though, making just 7 league appearances for the club and spending last season on loan at Championship side Cardiff where he only managed 2 goals.
Despite their failure to make an impact at Craven Cottage there is likely to be interest from smaller Premiership teams and most Championship teams in the players who all have international credentials. Fulham’s clearout to make room for wages seems to hint that there will soon be replacements for the departing lot though.
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