One figure in the west London club’s squad that has now hit the age of 30 is Anthony Knockaert.
After originally moving to Craven Cottage on a loan deal from Brighton & Hove Albion in the 2019 summer transfer window, the winger joined Fulham on a permanent basis a year later.
Having spent the 2020/21 season on loan with Nottingham Forest, the attacker then had a rather disappointing previous campaign back at Fulham as he only made seven appearances across all competitions, spending most of the season out with injuries.
Back in May, it was reported by The Athletic that the club are willing to listen to potential offers for the Frenchman, who was not included in the squad for Fulham’s recent 2-2 draw against Liverpool.
With the end of the summer transfer window on the way, one player that Marco Silva’s side have been linked with that could help push Knockaert out of Craven Cottage is Justin Kluivert.
It’s believed the Cottagers are accelerating talks as they aim to close out a deal for the Dutchman, who would add extra sparkle to their offensive options.
In 220 club appearances at senior and youth levels, the 23-year-old has 47 goals and 47 assists to his name, highlighting his clear attacking and creative ability.
Hailed by Nick Mercadante as a player that has “nearly limitless” talent, Kluivert also ended his time in France with more crosses delivered (81) than any other Nice player, as well as the joint-highest average for key passes per game (1.3) at the club.
This shows how dangerous he can be in an attacking sense, and how important he could be for star striker Aleksandar Mitrovic, acting as a constant supply line for the Serbian.
Bearing in mind how Silva has the likes of Manor Solomon, Harry Wilson, Ivan Cavaleiro and Neeskens Kebano in his ranks as wing players, adding Kluivert to the mix before deadline day would surely push Knockaert even further down the pecking order and potentially out of the exit door.
With all of that in mind, it should be Fulham’s objective before deadline day to not only bring the 23-year-old Roma figure in, but also move Knockaert and his hefty £38k-per-week wages out of the club at the same time.