Fulham are interested in loaning Arsenal striker Folarin Balogun this summer as they prepare for life in the Premier League.
This is according to the Daily Mailwhich suggest Fulham are already planning their transfer targets for life in the top flight.
Fulham are not yet ready but a win over Preston North End on Tuesday night will secure a return to the Premier League.
With four cherry bites, Fulham are almost certainly ready for promotion.
The Mail now claim that Fulham are already considering signings including Dwight McNeil from Burnley and Erick Gutierrez from PSV Eindhoven.
An interesting named target is Balogun, with Fulham looking to bring him to Craven Cottage on loan for next season.
Fulham already have a goal machine striker in Aleksandar Mitrovic but Balogun can now be targeted to provide cover behind the Serb.
Balogun is currently on loan at Championship side Middlesbrough, where he has three goals and two assists in 15 games.
The 20-year-old striker has enormous talent but may not be quite ready to play regularly for Arsenal.
The next logical step is for Balogun to leave on a Premier League loan and Fulham are ready to offer that.
One thing that may dampen Fulham’s hopes is that Arsenal’s own striking situation is in flux ahead of the summer window.
Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah are both out of contract this summer and are expected to leave.
Balogun could therefore be needed in pre-season as Arsenal’s main striker, at least until they can sign a few new strikers.
That could delay a move to Fulham, but Balogun could still be allowed to swap North London for West London this summer.
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