Transfer Round-Up

Tuesday 2 February 2016 10:55

Head Coach Slaviša Jokanović used the winter transfer window to strengthen his Fulham squad with three loan signings, while also recalling Fernando Amorebieta from his temporary spell at Middlesbrough.

First through the door was Michael Madl, who joined on loan from Sturm Graz until the end of the season, with an option to make the deal permanent.

A centre-back who can also operate in midfield, the 27-year-old came through the youth ranks at Austria Vienna, before a stint at Wiener Neustadt. 

He joined Sturm Graz in 2012 and was their captain prior to making the move to Fulham.

“For me it was an easy decision,” said the Austrian. “To get the chance to play for Fulham in the Championship will maybe only come once in your life, so for me it’s a dream come true.”

On deadline day itself, Rohan Ince arrived from Brighton & Hove Albion until the end of the season.

Born in Whitechapel, the defensive midfielder began his career at Chelsea and spent more than a decade at the club.

After a brief loan spell at Yeovil Town, he left Stamford Bridge and joined Brighton ahead of the 2013/14 season.

“I’m happy to get the deal done,” he said. “It’s been quite a hectic couple of days for me but I’m pleased it’s all sorted and now I can’t wait to get out there and hopefully play some good football.

“I haven’t been playing much at Brighton recently but I’ve been keeping fit and I want to get out and play. Fulham’s a great football club and they’ve given me the opportunity to do that, and I hope I play really well for them.”

Shortly after the capture of Ince, Zakaria Labyad joined on loan from Sporting Clube de Portugal until the end of the season.

A versatile attacking player, Labyad graduated from the youth ranks at PSV Eindhoven in his native Netherlands. He joined Sporting in the summer of 2012, returning to Holland in January 2012 for an 18-month loan spell at Vitesse.

Labyad, who has switched his international allegiance to Morocco, stated: “I’m an attacking player, I’m a creative player, I can score goals, and I’m a team player.

“I hope the fans will like my football style, but, of course, the most important thing is to win games.”

A familiar face also made his way back to SW6 after an agreement was reached with Middlesbrough to allow Amorebieta to return to Fulham ahead of schedule.

The Venezuela international had been on a season-long loan at the Riverside Stadium and played 16 times. Since joining Fulham in 2013 on a free transfer from Athletic Bilbao, the 30-year-old has made 34 appearances, scoring twice.

At youth level, Isaac Pearce joined on a scholarship deal from Bristol Rovers in November.

The 17-year-old striker will turn pro in the summer on a contract that will run until 30th June 2018.

On their way out of the Club, Adam Taggart returned to Australia and signed a permanent deal with A-League outfit Perth Glory. 

Kay Voser’s contract was terminated by mutual consent, while a number of players headed out on loan.

They were: Nikolay Bodurov (FC Midtjylland), Cameron Burgess (Cheltenham Town), Jack Grimmer (Shrewsbury Town), Sean Kavanagh (Mansfield Town), Marek Rodák (Welling United) and Jordan Evans (Oxford United). 

Larnell Cole’s loan spell at Shrewsbury was extended until the end of the season.

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