DORTMUND, GERMANY - MAY 15: Lucas Barrios of Dortmund celebrates with the fans winning the German Championship at the Westfalenhalle on May 15, 2011 in Dortmund, Germany. (Photo by Joern Pollex/Bongarts/Getty Images)
The Daily Mail are reporting that Martin Jol has made an offer to Wigan Athletic for Hugo Rodallega, which consists of £2 million plus Andy Johnson. There's no suggestion as to Roberto Martinez's stance on the bid, but the club supposedly rejected a £4 million offer earlier in the window from Queen's Park Rangers, and requested £6 million.
On the surface, this seems like a reputable deal for Fulham. Johnson is unlikely to stay beyond the Summer, whatever the circumstances, and while Rodallega isn't the perfect replacement, he's younger and, arguably, with a better service than he's had at the DW Stadium, he could be a sound striker at Craven Cottage. Whether Johnson will want to enter a relegation battle is another debate, but it makes sense to cash in on the 30 year old now, with a player to replace him, rather than see him leave for free at the end of the season.
A more interesting rumour has been circulating, however, suggesting that Lucas Barrios 'wants' to move to Fulham. Liverpool, Tottenham and Arsenal have all been linked with the Borussia Dortmund star, who has scored 35 goals in 75 games in Germany. He was a big player for Dortmund last season but has struggled for fitness and form this term and, as such, the club are willing to offload him for around £10 million. Kicker, a German magazine, suggest that Barrios wants to move to Fulham, and Bild confirm that the player is in England completing a deal with one Premier League club.
Watch this space, I guess.