The January transfer window is days from opening up. Fulham are currently sitting 12th in the table, but only six-points back from a playoff spot in the Championship division.
It is no secret that Fulham have been missing quality up front. The Whites have one of the lowest shot conversions in the Championship and are in desperate need of a clinical, proven striker. With manager Slavisa Jokanovic eyeing to bring in three different players in this transfer window, a striker will most likely be one of the first positions to be addressed.
Here are three options that Fulham should be looking at to bring in when the transfer window opens:
Dwight Gayle- After missing out on Gayle in the summer transfer window, the 27-year-old Newcastle striker would be the perfect attribute to help Fulham push for the playoffs. In the Championship last season, he was able to total 23 goals in 32 appearances. He was clinical in every sense of the term and was a main reason for Newcastle being promoted to the Premier League. One kink in this move is that Gayle has been playing more regular football for the Magpies this season, so Newcastle would most likely have to bring in an additional player if they were to let Gayle go. If they were to let him go, however, this could be the move that is the difference between making the playoffs, and not making the playoffs.
Leonardo Ulloa- The 31-year-old Argentine has been successful almost everywhere he’s gone. However, he has fallen out of the fold at Leicester City and he will likely be allowed to leave this upcoming transfer window. This is a striker who has scored 111 goals since 2008 and done it at every level. In the 2015-16 season, Ulloa came off the bench for Okazaki and Vardy. Leicester then signed Islam Slimani, and he was completely out of the picture. He is the perfect piece for a team looking for a clinical striker up top. He is powerful and has Championship experience playing for Brighton & Hove Albion, helping them reach the playoffs both the 2013 & 2014 seasons.
Scott Hogan- The Aston Villa striker has not found his form for his new side. Having signed last January, the Irishman has only found one goal in 23 appearances. It appears the Villains are giving up on the 25-year-old quickly, as they plan to bring in a striker on loan this window. This would be the perfect opportunity to go in for a striker that has all the tools of a successful goal-scorer at this level. With the size, strength, and ability to put the ball in the back of the net, he could be the perfect attribute to a side begging for a regular goal-scorer. Before Villa, Hogan was able to net 38 goals in 66 appearances. If Aston Villa are willing to give up on Hogan, Fulham should take the opportunity to jump on this proven forward.