Fulham are chasing Turkish right back Gokhan Gonul as a replacement for Ryan Fredericks, according to a report from the Daily Mail. 

Fredericks was a key part of Slavisa Jokanovic’s side last season as the Cottagers gained promotion to the Premier League and he won’t be easy to replace.

The former Bristol City man joined West Ham United on a free transfer and will join up with the Hammers when his contract expires at the end of the month.

The 25 year old had featured on 44 occasions for Fulham last season and had nine assists to his name.

However, his impressive form meant that he was a wanted man and Fulham have been unable to hang on to one of their main assets.

Gonul has spent 2 years with Besiktas after joining the former Turkish champions in 2016.

He has made 54 appearances for the club, scoring a single goal.

Prior to this move, Gonul spent nine years with Fenerbahce, where he made 254 appearances for the club finding the back of the net 10 times.

At 33 years old, Gonul is now coming towards the end of his career and a move to London would be the first time that he has played outside of Turkey.

He may not have the pace of Fredericks, but he is renowned for his attacking prowess and has been nicknamed the ‘Turkish Cafu’ in the past by the Turkish press.

He has been capped 64 times by his National side and his experience would be key in a youthful Cottagers side.

With only one recognised right back in Cyrus Christie, Fulham will be on the search for squad depth this summer and Gonul would be a smart signing for Jokanovic’s side.

 

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