According to multiple news sources, Fulham is moving closer towards acquiring Wolfsburg winger Ashkan Dejagah. The German-Iranian is believed to be worth roughly £5 million on the open market, however the current transfer fee is rumored only to be £2 million. There are potentially multiple reasons for the price knock down. It could potentially be attributed to the fact he tore his right thigh muscle during training this past week or it could be the falling out that he had with Manager Felix Magath, maybe both. Either way Fulham is getting a valued attacking piece at half the cost.
Dejagah was previously a member of the Germany's Under-21 national team in 2009, which won the European Football Championships and has made 50 appearances and even dawned the coveted #10 jersey. When FIFA changed the age restrictions on players, back in 2009, and allowed individuals to change their national affiliations Dejagah moved from Germany to Iran. Since declaring his eligibility for Iran he's earned 3 caps and in his inaugural start he went on to produce a brace versus Qatar during the group stage finale. There is actually some good youtube videos of his performance, if anyone cares to take a look.
Looking forward to what Ashkan Dejagah will bring to Fulham, he likes the ball at his feet and thought it's not where he makes all of his plays he's got great pace on the ball. He is ambitious and enjoys going right at the sticks. You can tell he's not afraid to take the shot when he has one and generally he seems like he has the ability to finish plays off. The 26-year-old has a lot of talent and should help bring even more options for Jol once healthy.
The biggest question at this point is when will he be able to get back to training considering his new injury. I've yet to find much on how badly he was hurt and how it will affect his transition with the club at this point. It'll be interesting to see how long he's out.
Considering the slew of attacking options right now for Fulham, having Dejagah fit isn't necessarily a priority but he could be yet another "buy low", "sell high" guy. He's shown some incredible skills in the past and it'll be interesting to see how he gets paired in the future.
You have to love how Fulham hasn't just sat around and sold off their "talent" but has gone out to procure replacement assets while still working towards for the future of the club and still building upon on their top-10 finish. This year is going to be a lot of fun.