Egyption striker linked

Monday 13 August 2001

"Fulham FC include this report as a service to supporters who may not have seen the attached media speculation. The Club will not comment specifically on such speculation but any official news will be conveyed via the latest news pages."


Fulham are considering a bid for Egyptian Sabry Abdelsatar after taking the Benfica striker on trial.

He was on the bench for the Cottagers' 1-0 defeat against Alaves and caught the eye of Jean Tigana after scoring the winning goals against Porto and Sporting Lisbon last season.

Andy Melville, meanwhile, has insisted Fulham are not setting their sights too high in this season's Premiership.

He said: "First and foremost we want to finish as a Premiership football club next year.

"We've got to take the season one step at a time and can't afford to look too far forward. We've got a lot of work to do week in week out and we're not fooling ourselves about that.

"We have got a lot of experienced lads in the dressing room, so we know not to get too carried away."


Rangers chairman David Murray has slammed suggestions that Norwegian striker Tore Andre Flo is set for a move to Fulham, insisting that he is only interested in building the squad rather than selling players.

The Norwegian international, a club record signing from Chelsea last season, has failed to reach peak form in the SPL, but Murray is convinced he has a part to play and has no intention of selling.

When asked to comment on Fulham's reported interest, Murray said: "There is no truth in this story at all. We haven't heard anything from Fulham and if there was anything the player's agent would have spoken to me.

"We're happy with Tore Andre Flo and there's no need to add to this speculation. We haven't even had an enquiry about him and he's definitely not for sale."