Hodgson to pay £6m for Grella and Stoor
Saturday 26 July 2008
Fulham are close to making two more signings as they overhaul their squad for the start of the new season. A £4m bid has been lodged for the Australian international midfielder Vincenzo Grella, while the Swedish right-back Fredrik Stoor will complete his £2m move to Craven Cottage at the beginning of next week.
Grella, 28, plays for Italian side Torino and is a holding midfielder. If he joins Fulham he will become Roy Hodgson's 10th signing of a hectic summer as the club aim to avoid the desperate relegation battle they endured last season which saw them only avoid the drop on the final day of the season.
Stoor played for Sweden at the European Championships but the 24-year-old's move has been delayed to allow him to appear for his present club, Rosenborg. He will play his final match for them tomorrow against NAC Breda in the Intertoto Cup. Stoor will join Mark Schwarzer, Andranik Teymourian, Zoltan Gera, David Stockdale, Toni Kallio and the West Ham pair, Bobby Zamora and John Pantsil, at Fulham.
However, the London club are still waiting to see what happens with their main summer transfer target – Everton's Andy Johnson. They believed that a £10.5m bid for the striker had been accepted but the move is on hold as Everton line up a replacement. Johnson is understood to be keen to move to Fulham.
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