This is about the time of year that the transfer rumors really pick up. The season is less than a week from starting and managers know, for the most part, what they need in terms of personnel to pick their teams up. The stories about whether or not Fulham's Clint Dempsey will leave in this window have been flying around for what seems like forever now. Whether or not Deuce flies the coop, it seems that manager Martin Jol is eager to strengthen his forward line. Fulham have already tried for Huddersfield's Jordan Rhodes but have failed at the first try with a low bid and now, they have come in for Bolton Wanderers' David Ngog.
Fulham's bid was a reported £3 million, which would force Bolton to take a financial loss on Ngog. The 23-year-old originally moved from Liverpool to Bolton last summer for a price in the range of £4 million. He struggled to really get off the mark last season, only scoring four goals in his entire time out. Despite that fact, he still looked like he had a lot to offer Bolton with his hold-up and linking play in the final third. Because of this, Owen Coyle feels Ngog can be a rousing success in the Championship, especially when linking up with Marvin Sordell and Benik Afobe in dangerous positions.
Ngog has missed most of Bolton's preseason with a recurring back problem and his fitness for opening day will likely be tested late.