Transfer Round-Up

Monday 2 September 2013 23:30

With six deals already done in this summer's transfer window, it was a relatively quiet deadline day for Fulham as only one left it late to arrive.

Derek Boateng – 22nd May, 2013

First to arrive back in May was free agent Boateng, who joined the Club officially on 1st July on a one-year deal with the option of another 12 months. The 30-year-old Ghanaian defensive midfielder was previously at Ukrainian side FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk, whom he played for against Fulham in last season’s UEFA Europa League qualification round, and bolstered our central areas as a tough tackler who can distribute well. A veteran of almost 50 appearances for his county, Derek has brought some physicality to the Fulham team and has shown signs he is adapting well to life in the Barclays Premier League. Read the story

Fernando Amorebieta – 22nd May, 2013

Hot on the heels of Boateng came defender Amorebieta on a free transfer from Athletic Bilbao. Fernando signed on the same day and officially became a Fulham player on 1st July. With a reputation as a no-nonsense defender after more than 250 appearances in Spain, the Venezuela international signed a four-year deal and his physical presence in the heart of the Fulham defence will be complemented by the fact he can also slot in at left-back as well. The 28-year-old suffered an injury which has prevented him from making his competitive First Team debut but he was involved in pre-season and hopes are high that he will fit in well to the English style of play. Read the story

Maarten Stekelenburg – 5th June

With Mark Schwarzer’s time at Fulham coming to a close, we swooped to sign the Netherlands international goalkeeper from AS Roma for an undisclosed fee. Stekelenburg signed a four-year contract at the Club and took the number one jersey after being reunited with Manager Martin Jol following their time together at Ajax. The 30-year-old brings enormous experience having played in the 2010 World Cup Final, and due to his stature and style has been compared to another impressive Dutch goalkeeper who made his mark at Fulham: Edwin van der Sar. Read the story

Giorgos Karagounis – 9th July

Greek warrior Karagounis only arrived at the Club on a free transfer in September 2012 but proved himself to be a vital part of our midfield and signed a new one-year extension in July. He hammered home long-range strikes against Wigan Athletic and Blackpool in January and the effort against the Seasiders came a close second in our Goal of the Season award, while the veteran was also pipped by Dimitar Berbatov in the voting for Fans’ Player of the Season, proving that he has well and truly won over the Cottage with his tenacity and never-say-die attitude. Read the story

Adel Taraabt – 7th August, 2013

After starring for local rivals Queens Park Rangers last season, Taraabt caught the eye with a host of fine attacking performances and was reunited with Jol following their time together at Tottenham Hotspur. The 24-year-old, who joined on a season-long loan spell, brings trickery and vision to the midfield and he can slot in anywhere across the front three, boasting fine dribbling skills and a real goal threat as well. Last season against the Whites, he bagged three goals in two games, so we’re pleased that he’ll be on our side for the current campaign. Read the story

Darren Bent – 16th August 2013

A goalscorer who has hit the net on a regular basis everywhere he has been, Bent arrived on a season-long loan from Aston Villa to help bolster our attack. The striker has scored more than 100 Premier League goals since 2005, playing for Ipswich Town, Charlton Athletic, Tottenham Hotspur, Sunderland and Villa and will be hoping to earn a place back in the England squad for the 2014 World Cup with regular games in SW6. Bent’s pace and clinical finishing are something that Jol has been vocal about bringing into the Club, so his arrival was something of a coup with other sides reportedly interested. Read the story

Sascha Riether – 16th August, 2013

Taking up our option to sign the German right-back permanently after he impressed hugely in his loan spell from FC Cologne last season, Sascha signed a two-year deal in mid-August to commit his future to the Club. He played 39 times in his debut season for Fulham and was named the Players’ Player of the Year by his teammates after some lung-busting performances down the right which marked him out as one of the best full-backs in the Premier League. A real fans’ favourite, Riether provides a great outlet as well as defensive stability on the right and we’re delighted he has opted to continue his career in SW6. Read the story

Scott Parker – 19th August

One of the best defensive midfielders in the Premier League, Parker arrived on a three-year deal from Tottenham for an undisclosed fee to bolster our options in central midfield and bring his vast experience of the English game to Fulham. A veteran of more than 300 appearances in this country, Parker rose to captain the Three Lions in 2012 not long after he had won the 2011 Football Writers’ Association (FWA) Footballer of the Year for his performances for West Ham United. A tough-tackler who is as committed as they come, Parker’s short passing will help to drive the Fulham attacks forward and his leadership will be vital to helping our cause in the coming years. Read the story

Elsad Zverotic- 2nd September

The Club announced the signing of Elsad Zverotic from Young Boys on a two-year deal with an option. The 26-year-old had been at the club since 2011 when he joined from fellow Swiss side FC Luzern and is a versatile defensive player who can operate in midfield and along the back line. A Montenegro international who made his debut for his country in 2008, he scored the winning goal against Bulgaria in a UEFA Euro 2012 qualifier, while he also played against England in the recent 2014 World Cup Qualifying campaign. Read the story

Other arrivals:

Joining up with the Development Squad, young French midfielder Ange-Freddy Plumain signed for the club on 25th July on a deal which will keep him here until 2016. Formerly of French Ligue 2 side RC Lens, Plumain scored one goal in 22 appearances for the first team and has been involved in Kit Symons’ plans for the 2013/14 Barclays Under-21 Premier League season.

After beginning his career in his native Slovakia with MFK Košice, 16-year-old goalkeeper Marek Rodak first joined the Club in 2012/13 and went straight into the successful Under-18 side that claimed back-to-back Premier League titles. He also played in the Under-19 Dallas Cup success and made his debut for the U21s on Friday night against Wolverhampton Wanderers, proving the old mantra that if you’re good enough then you will get a chance however young you are.

The Club was also delighted to announce a number of contract extensions for players from the Under-21 and Under-18 squads, including Moussa Dembele, and a number of our highly-rated young players also signed scholarship agreements from 1st July 2013.

Departures:

On loan: Dan Burn (Birmingham City; season-long), Ryan Williams (Oxford United; five months), Marcus Bettinelli (Accrington Stanley; season-long), Josh Pritchard (Tromso IL; loan extended), Max Oberschmidt (Celtic; four months), Cauley Woodrow (Southend United; one-month); Marcello Trotta (Brentford; four months)