Fulham eyeing up devastating Turkish talent

In a deal that could depend greatly on whether or not the club manage to sign Pavel Pogrebnyak on a long-term deal or not, Fulham are understood to be looking at Trabzonspor striker, Burak Yilmaz, with a view to a summer deal.

As things stand, Pogrebnyak’s deal at Craven Cottage runs out at the end of the season but after showing early glimpses of incredibly prolific form, Martin Jol will be striving to hang onto the forward, aptly nicknamed ‘Death From Above’.

Yilmaz has made a massive impact in the Süper Lig this campaign, scoring an incredible 34 goals as well as making nine assists in the process.

The 26 year-old showed huge improvement in the 2010-11 season and displayed the potential for being a 20-goal-a-season striker but has gone more than one better this year, almost doubling that tally.

In just over ninety appearances for the Turkish outfit, Yilmaz has now netted on 58 occasions and will be hoping to translate that kind of form into the humdrum life of the Premier League.

The Cottagers are set to let go of forward Andy Johnson at the end of the season and Jol has conceded that some of his bigger stars such as Clint Dempsey and Moussa Dembelé may be on the move after attracting a host of European attention during this season’s exploits.

As a result, reinforcements will certainly be needed if the club are to build on this year’s impressive top half finish.

While Trabzonspor may not want to let go of their hitman, his prolific scoring rate means they may not have a choice in the matter come July and be forced into selling Yilmaz, currently valued at £11m.

Sevilla and Newcastle United are just two other sides thought to be interested in acquiring Yilmaz’s signature.

Tom is a recent graduate with a degree in Broadcasting from Brighton University, having written for a variety of sports publications, as well as a keen football fan and season ticket holder.