Fulham maintaining interest in Ligue 1 talent

After being associated with a move to the club in January, Fulham are once again looking at Marseille forward Andre-Pierre Gignac with a view to a summer deal.

The Cottagers were reportedly close to clinching the Frenchman’s signature in the winter months but instead chose to sign Pavel Pogrebnyak on a six-month loan from VFB Stuttgart.

Any deal for Gignac could eventually rest on whether or not Pogrebnyak chooses to make his move to West London a permanent one but it’s uncertain of whether or not that will come to pass.

The Russian has been in magnificent scoring form under Martin Jol but the striker will become a free agent in the summer and will undoubtedly draw a host of interest from other clubs if he continues his progress in the Premier League.

That being said, Pogrebnyak’s modest fee could mean that Fulham go in to sign both players if Andy Johnson completes a protracted departure from the club.

Gignac hasn’t made the impact that many thought he would since moving to Marseille in 2010 but Fulham will be hoping to revive the career of another faltering forward.

The 26 year-old has scored just one goal for Les Phocéens this season and has been largely limited to substitute appearances, making just two starts.

The attacker moved to Marseille for a fee in the region of £16m but would be expected to cost just £7m if he were to move on again at the end of this season.

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