Tottenham Hotspur to battle Liverpool for long-term target Joao Palhinha of Fulham
The Portugal midfielder joined the Cottagers this summer from Sporting CP after they got promoted to the Premier League. However, he has now been linked with two of the big guns in the English footballing landscape.
The Reds are said to have held a long-term interest in the player from his time in Portugal, while Tottenham are also linked with him. It’s curious to note that he spent nine years at Sporting CP – a club that may be sick of our sights right now.
We are linked with moves for Pedro Porro and Marcus Edwards – two of manager Ruben Amorim’s finest players. As for Palhinha, he has been a regular in Fulham’s midfield and is one of the reasons why they are doing so well in the Premier League.
Palhinha, a wise move?
He has scored thrice in 17 league games so far as his side sits seventh in the table. It remains to be seen if the Lilywhites will be interested in a January move for a player with four-and-a-half years still left on his Craven Cottage contract (Transfermarkt).
It would have been a different situation if Fulham looked doomed for relegation but they are doing well and can genuinely qualify for Europe if they keep this up. Palhinha was one of their marquee signings this summer.
It would be peculiar if they let him just six months after joining the club, that too when they are on the verge of having a great debut season. There is no problem with the player, of course.
He is a fine 27-year-old defensive midfielder who does the job of shielding his team’s defence well. But only time will tell if his club will let him leave.
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A move to Spurs would mean he joins a club that is in London – the city where he is already playing his football. Joining Liverpool, however, could mean a better chance at first-team football given their lack of defensive midfielders and Fabinho Tavares’ poor form.