Fulham confident of permanent Aleksandar Mitrovic deal
Newcastle prepared to sell striker but want upwards of £20m
By Lyall Thomas & Keith Downie
Last Updated: 04/07/18 1:45pm
Fulham are in talks with Newcastle to sign Aleksandar Mitrovic and are confident of concluding a deal for the striker, Sky Sports News understands.
The Magpies are prepared to sell the Serbia international, who helped fire the Whites into the Premier League during an explosive loan spell last season, but want upwards of £20m for his transfer.
Crystal Palace have also shown an interest in Mitrovic but the player is understood to want to continue his successful spell at Craven Cottage and Fulham are not concerned about rival bids at this stage.
Mitrovic enjoys a good relationship with Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic - a fellow Serb - and scored 12 Championship goals after joining the club on loan just before the winter transfer window closed.
The Whites want to sign all their loan stars from last season on permanent deals including Matt Targett, Oliver Norwood, Lucas Piazon and Tomas Kalas - and they made an offer of £10m to Southampton for Targett.
Fulham also remain interested in Swansea's Jordan Ayew and Aston Villa's Jack Grealish.
Newcastle are interested in replacing Mitrovic with Nice striker Alessane Plea - also a name on Fulham and Tottenham's lists - but face competition from West Ham.