Iwobi joins Fulham, Liverpool Shop for Salah’s replacement

Super Eagles of Nigeria and Everton midfielder, Alex Iwobi, has joined Fulham after a deal which could reach £22m was agreed.Iwobi has played in two of Everton’s three Premier League games this season, but missed Saturday’s home defeat to Wolves with injury. The Toffees are yet to pick up a single point so far.

The 27-year-old Nigeria midfielder joined Everton from Arsenal in the summer of 2019 and has made 123 league appearances, scoring six times.

Joao Palhinha has been given permission to travel to Germany by the Cottagers, as talks continue over a deal with Bayern Munich. The fee is expected to be about £65m, with Fulham also seeking a replacement.

Palhinha is keen to play Champions League football and is now awaiting confirmation of an agreement between the two clubs before taking a medical.

The Portugal midfielder would become the second significant departure from Craven Cottage this summer, following Aleksandar Mitrovic’s move to Saudi Pro League side Al-Hilal.

Meanwhile, Liverpool have come up with a contingency plan for forward options in the event that Mohamed Salah does make a shock move to Saudi Arabia.

The Reds have already rejected a £150m offer Saudi Pro League side Al-Ittihad, and the stance remains the same, that Egyptian is not for sale – especially with it being so late in the window.

However, the concern remains that although the European transfer window closes yesterday (Friday September 1 at 11pm), the Saudi market remains open until September 7.

It means Liverpool would have little time to find a readymade replacement for Salah, if the 31-year-old does make a surprise move to the Middle East.

Mail Sport’s Chief Football Reporter, Mokbel, said he doesn’t think Salah will be sold, but the club are looking at possible deals if they have to make a move in the market.

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