Fulham Set Sights On Former Real Madrid Playmaker. Transfer Scouting Report.

Granero Fulham

Although QPR have enjoyed a fine start to the new season, winning their opening Championship match and beating Exeter in the League Cup, their summer’s transfer business is far from concluded, with Harry Redknapp eyeing one or two more new signings and some high-earners still to be removed from the wage bill.

One player who is likely to leave is Esteban Granero, with the Daily Mail suggesting that Fulham could raid QPR for a second time having already signed Adel Taarabt on loan for the season.

Despite a mixed campaign for QPR, Granero is a target for several clubs, with Real Sociedad likely to be Fulham’s biggest competition for his signature. The 26-year-old made an encouraging start under Mark Hughes, but rarely featured once Harry Redknapp took over at Loftus Road, finishing the season with a Performance Score of 515 from his 24 appearances.

One area where Granero excelled was in creating chances, making 46 key passes in his 24 appearances, a total which easily outstripped those in Fulham’s midfield last season. Martin Jol has clearly identified this as a problem, with Taarabt already arriving, and Granero now reportedly a target. Granero v Sidwell

Granero is also an accomplished defensive player, who won a superb 88% of his tackles last season, as well as completing 79% of his take-ons. The Spaniard also averaged three Defensive Actions per game, ensuring that he would add some defensive cover and creativity to Fulham’s midfield.

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Playing in a relegated side under two managers with different approaches made Granero’s first season in English football a struggle, but he still managed to show plenty of qualities that would make him an ideal fit for a Premier League side.

Fulham are still on the lookout for a midfielder who can provide some creativity from deep, whilst maintaining an effective defensive presence, and Granero could be an excellent signing this summer on both counts.

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Nick Harris, along with contributing to Squawka, is founder, editor, writer and fan of the (as yet unknown) blog Football Spirals. Elsewhere I write for Here is the City and Spurs blogs To The Lane and Back and Spurs Talk, and have worked for Goal International in the past. When not watching, reading or writing about football I can generally be found drinking coffee and checking updates on my phone in an antisocial manner.
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