Who would have expected Fulham to be where there are now at this stage of the season?
April has only just begun, yet Fulham have already been confirmed relegated from the Premier League after just one season back in the top-flight and after a pre-season that saw the west London club spend close to £100 million on new players.
Fulham’s capitulation has been unpleasant viewing for neutrals, but their relegation provides a unique opportunity for Premier League clubs this upcoming transfer window.
With many of the Cottagers’ highest-paid players set to leave this summer, teams could find themselves with new first-team players on the cheap, and West Ham have already been linked with a move for one of Fulham’s prized assets, Aleksandar Mitrovic.
The Serbian striker has been one of the few bright spots for Fulham this season, scoring 10 goals in the league, and according to the Mirror, West Ham have their sights set on the former Newcastle frontman.
With the Hammers in need of a striker this summer, Mitrovic might just be too good an option for Manuel Pellegrini and the West Ham transfer committee to simply ignore.
Valued at £25 million on Transfermarkt, it is likely Fulham will sell the striker for a fee around this range, making Mitrovic a cheap signing for David Gold and David Sullivan, as well as being a player who ticks all the boxes for what the Hammers want from a frontman.
A force in the air, smart to break through defences, a great finisher and young enough to still grow, Mitrovic would be a great signing for West Ham this summer, and now it is up to the club to make it happen before other clubs come in for the Serbian striker.
The London Stadium needs a striking hero and Mitrovic could certainly be that, if used correctly.
West Ham fans, would you back a move for Mitrovic? If not, why not? Join the discussion by commenting below…