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Fulham manager Scott Parker is looking to strengthen his squad, with the Cottagers preparing a move for Huddersfield defender Terence Kongolo, who has fallen out of favour with Terriers boss Danny Cowley, according to a report on Football Insider.
Cowley has confirmed that the Dutch defender is available for transfer, after confirming that he is not part of his plans, opening the door to Fulham who are looking to strengthen their defensive options, with a tough second half of the season ahead of them.
So would the 25-year-old be a good addition at Craven Cottage and is he actually needed?
“In terms of quality, this could be a strong signing for Fulham as he would suit exactly how Scott Parker is looking to operate this season, however, the fee might be excessive.
“Huddersfield might not be in a position to let key players of high values go to teams in this division, especially in the January window where it is extremely hard to replace players.
“Fulham are in a position where they could mount a serious push for automatic promotion if they strengthen in key areas, and one of those is in defence where they have been too leaky.
“If Kongolo doesn’t command a huge fee, it could be a very smart move from Fulham to bring him in, and add depth to a defence that needs tightening up, having conceded the joint-most goals in the top six with 30 so far.”
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“Kongolo has had a nightmare season for Huddersfield. He’s missed huge parts of the campaign through injury and finds himself struggling to even make the match day squads – the last time he played was against Bristol City in November, scoring an own-goal that game.
“He’s obviously a quality centre-back though having played for some big European teams in Feyenoord and Monaco, and he was a regular feature for the Terriers in the Premier League last season. He could definitely do a good job for another Championship club, but would he get in the Fulham side?
“Scott Parker’s side have recently welcomed Michael Hector. The Jamaican finalised his move from Chelsea and looks to be the no.1 defender for the Cottagers now. But Fulham fans aren’t fully sold on the likes of Alfie Mawson and Tim Ream, and another addition in that area would make for good competition.
“I think this would be a good signing providing that Fulham can get a good price. Konogolo is still only 25-years-old and remains a player of good quality despite a nightmarish season with Huddersfield – Fulham should move for the Dutchman this month.”
“This would be quite a surprising move given the fact Kongolo has recently not been deemed good enough to start regularly for Huddersfield, but he could perhaps provide Fulham with some defensive depth in the second half of the season.
“Kongolo will surely be pushing for a move after falling out of favour at the John Smith’s Stadium, and it cannot bode well for his attitude that Terriers fans have been criticising his desire since the club was relegated from the top-flight.
“However, the defender may indeed benefit from a fresh start under a new manager who actually wants him at the club, and Fulham could well provide this opening given they are in need of further defensive cover.
“The London side have already completed their move to sign Chelsea defender Michael Hector this window, but further additions would probably be welcomed as the Cottagers target promotion, and Kongolo would also welcome the opportunity to push for a possible top-flight return.”