Fulham are in advanced talks to re-sign Huddersfield Town defender Terence Kongolo on a permanent basis, according to Football Insider.
The 26-year-old centre-back spent the second half of last season on loan at Craven Cottage, but was reduced to making just two appearances after having his campaign cut short in February due to a nasty a foot injury he suffered in the second of those against Blackburn.
That problem forced the Netherlands international to undergo surgery on two occasions to fix the damage, and he hasn’t featured since sustaining the problem at Ewood Park more than eight months ago.
Kongolo returned to Huddersfield, and according to Yorkshire Live, is no longer injured and recently returned to training, which has opened the door for Fulham to complete a transfer, despite the potential risk of recovering from such a long-term issue.
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Football Insider believe that Scott Parker’s men are confident of getting the deal done before Friday’s 5pm domestic deadline – with Huddersfield happy to remove Kongolo from their wage bill.
Fulham have made a disastrous start to their Premier League return and know that the next five days could go a long way to deciding their season.
Parker desperately needs defenders through the door and Kongolo is a big step in the right direction.
The Dutchman will know all about successful relegation battles, too, after playing 13 times for the Terries when they produced a monumental effort to avoid an instant return to the Championship two seasons ago.