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Fulham - Battling for Berg

Searching through the papers this morning I stumbled across a rumour that genuinely brought a smile to my face.

The Sun and Skysports today reports that Fulham are one of two clubs chasing the signature of Swedish hotshot Marcus Berg who scored 7 goals at this summers European U-21 Championship

With a number of clubs naturally taking a look at him, it has emerged that Fulham and Hamburg are the two clubs now left in talks with FC Groningen, with a fee of £8 million pounds being mentioned.

Currently employed by the Dutch outfit, Groningen, Berg has scored 33 goals over the past 2 seasons and now feels the time is right to try his luck at a higher level.

His current manager, Henk Veldmate, has given an inkling of the current situation remarking,

"Those two clubs, Fulham and Hamburg, are the only ones left who are now in conversation with us when it comes to Marcus Berg.,'

"We have had some meetings with both clubs. We will see what happens in the next couple of days."

"But I can say both these clubs have been concrete in their interest and we know Marcus wants to leave us for a bigger club."


Having watched the majority of the European U-21 Championships this summer, Marcus Berg is a player who I was really impressed with and would love to see him in a Fulham shirt

Would this signing pave the way for Zamora to leave for Hull?

My other concern is that if Marcus Berg was to have a fantastic first season with us, considering his young age, would we be able to hold on to him or would that merely put him in the shop window for other clubs?




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Writer: Alex Petrovic Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday July 9 2009

Time: 4:43PM

Your Comments

Certainly looks to be the real deal and would be an investment in the future of Fulham, BUT signing Dutch strikers is 50/50 proposition. For every Dirk Kuyt, there's an Afonso Alves.
Samboney
Obviously, I meant Dutch league strikers, as Alves is Brazilian.
Samboney
or that geezer who played for that lot down the road - Kezman!
Al Billy
good god, please don't use kuyt for your positive example... he went from scoring 29 in 2004 and 24 in 2005 for feyenoord to 2006: 12, 2007: 3, 2008: 12 at liverpool
woodysweats
I think highly of Kuyt. He's one of the hardest working players in the league. He'd score more if he played in a pure striker role for another team. With Gerrard and Torres, there's not a lot of room at Liverpool.
Samboney
that's fair... he is very hard working... he came onto the team before torres though, if i'm not mistaken... just checked it actually, he came in for the 2006-2007 and torres came in for 2007-2008... he had 2006 to try to impress rafa (which one i think is probably impossible, plus have to keep in mind rafa's rotation policy), but kuyt has never impressed me in front of goal... or i should say never lived up to what i expected of him, goal scoring wise... i also was incredulous at his inclusion in some of the 2006 world cup games, when he was playing in front of either van persie or van nistlerooy... so i am probably biased against him... at the very least, is there a better example of a goal scorer that came over from the dutch league and was up to snuff? otherwise we might want to look elsewhere than a dutch league big fish...
woodysweats
For every Van Nisteroy there is a Collins John.
FulhamJules
 

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