Scott Parker is desperately hoping to strengthen his squad after Fulham’s miserable start to the Premier League season and have submitted an €18m (£16.3m) offer for Barcelona centre-back Jean-Clair Tobido.
However, the Catalan giants have insisted that any deal had to be permanent in order to raise funds for their pursuit of Manchester City’s Eric Garcia.
Fulham were reluctant to commit to signing Todibo outright, though, and instead turned to Norwich’s Ben Godfrey, with the highly rated England youth international now set to join Carlo Ancelotti’s side for an initial fee of around £25m.
The 20-year-old defender has not yet come to any agreement with The Toffees on personal terms, but the Cottagers are still hoping to persuade Tobido over a move to south-west London before Monday’s deadline.
After Fulham suffered a dreadful 3-0 defeat by against Aston Villa, co-owner and vice-chairman Tony Khan tweeted: “I apologize to @FulhamFC supporters for our performance tonight. We’ve looked to add centre-backs since Wembley, I’m sorry we haven’t yet”