Fulham have entered the race for unsettled Tottenham defender Juan Foyth after their top target Marlon failed a medical, according to reports.
Scott Parker wants to sign a defensive reinforcement before the transfer deadline, as he looks to complete his squad for their first season back in the Premier League.
The Cottagers were keen on Sassuolo’s Marlon, but the Brazilian has failed a medical, according to The Athletic‘s David Ornstein.
The former Barcelona defender had been on the verge of a £13m move, but that has now fallen through.
Therefore, Fulham are now having to look elsewhere for a defensive reinforcement. And Ornstein claims the answer could come from a London rival.
The player in question is Juan Foyth. The Argentine defender has fallen out of favour under Jose Mourinho, and is looking to leave Spurs before deadline day.
When there was interest from Boca Juniors, Foyth said in July: “I don’t think about going back to Argentina. Right now it’s best to stay in Europe.
“It’s what I want and what the club will surely look for, either with a sale or a loan.
“For my future and because the dream of every player is to be in Europe, the best thing is to stay here and seek continuity.”
Leeds, Villarreal linked with Foyth
Reports then emerged that Leeds were considering a move as they looked to replace Ben White. But instead of signing his compatriot, Marcelo Bielsa opted for Robin Koch and Diego Llorente instead.
That does not mean Foyth won’t stay in the Premier League, though, as Fulham are now keen on him.
Alternative centre-back targets are Watford’s Craig Dawson and Torino’s Gleison Bremer.
Foyth has also been identified as a top target for Villarreal, who are now managed by former Arsenal boss Unai Emery.