Fulham approach French side Rennes over the signing of defender Hamari Traore


Fulham approach Ligue 1 side Rennes over the signing of defender Hamari Traore… with Marco Silva looking to strengthen his side following their excellent return to the top-flight

Fulham are looking to strengthen their defensive options after making an approach to Rennes for Hamari Traore.

The Mali international has spent five seasons at the Ligue 1 club making 224 appearances across all competitions.

Marco Silva is looking to strengthen his side in a bid to build on their excellent return to the Premier League.

Fulham have made an approach to Rennes over their 30-year-old Mali defender Hamari Traore

Traore has made over 200 showings in five seasons for Rennes and has been linked with Roma

Traore has made over 200 showings in five seasons for Rennes and has been linked with Roma 

Following their 2-1 victory over Chelsea on Thursday night, they sit sixth with 31 points after 19 games – already three more than they achieved in the whole of the 2020-21 season when they suffered relegation to the Championship.  

Ahead of their game with Chelsea, Silva when asked about the January window, said: ‘We are looking to get players in but I am not a big fan of changing things in the January market.

‘It’s only if something has gone wrong – and that’s not the case. We have strengthened in some positions, which is what we are doing, with high ambition.

‘We are pleased with the squad, but we need to perhaps strengthen two or three positions.’

French publication Foot Mercato have reported that it will take an offer worth £3.5million to sign Traore, and there have also been reports that Roma are also interested in the player.  

Marco Silva's side have enjoyed a brilliant season and are sixth in the Premier League table

Marco Silva’s side have enjoyed a brilliant season and are sixth in the Premier League table

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