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Bayern determined to sign Joao Palhinha despite new Fulham contract

Bayern Munich are continuing their pursuit of Portuguese midfielder Joao Palhinha despite his recent commitment to Fulham

According to reports from Sky Sports, the Bundesliga giants are resolute in their aim to secure Palhinha’s services during the upcoming January transfer window.

Palhinha came agonisingly close to joining Bayern on summer transfer deadline day for a reported £56 million fee.

However, the transfer fell through due to Fulham’s inability to secure a suitable replacement in time.

Palhinha recently penned a new five-year contract with Fulham earlier this month. The deal does not have a release clause, demonstrating the midfielder’s commitment to the London club. 

However, Bayern remain undeterred in their pursuit of the 28-year-old midfield enforcer and are closely monitoring his performances.

The German club will renew their efforts to sign him once the transfer window reopens on January 1.

With over three months remaining until then, Fulham have ample time to identify and secure Palhinha’s replacement. 

Manchester United’s Scott McTominay ranks highly on Fulham’s list of potential targets.

McTominay expressed reluctance to leave Old Trafford during the summer transfer window. 

However, the arrival of Sofyan Amrabat on an initial loan from Fiorentina appears to have altered the landscape, potentially making McTominay more open to a move in 2024.

Tottenham Hotspur’s Pierre Emile-Hojbjerg was another notable target for Fulham as the summer transfer window drew to a close. 

However, the Danish midfielder reportedly had reservations about moving to Craven Cottage, believing that more prominent opportunities may await him if he decides to leave Spurs.

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