Sebastien Haller, Olivier Giroud ‘rejected January moves to Fulham’

Fulham were reportedly unsuccessful in their efforts to sign Borussia Dortmund’s Sebastien Haller and AC Milan’s Olivier Giroud in the January transfer window.

Fulham reportedly failed with January moves for Borussia Dortmund‘s Sebastien Haller and AC Milan‘s Olivier Giroud.

The Cottagers made one signing in the winter transfer window, recruiting Armando Broja on loan from Chelsea until the end of the season.

The forward made the short trip across West London on the final day of the transfer window after beating Wolverhampton Wanderers in the race to secure the Albanian’s signature.

While Fulham were able to add Broja to Marco Silva‘s attacking options, they seemingly failed to land a couple of their other forward targets.

According to journalist Fabrizio Romano, Fulham attempted to sign Haller on loan from Dortmund in the final week of January.

Ivory Coast's Sebastien Haller celebrates scoring against Nigeria on February 11, 2024© Reuters

However, the Ivorian was reluctant to leave Dortmund in the middle of the season and ultimately turned down the chance to complete a move to Craven Cottage.

Haller also wanted to remain focused on the Africa Cup of Nations, where he ultimately led his country to their third trophy.

The 29-year-old scored a late winner in Sunday’s final against Nigeria as the Ivory Coast came from behind to clinch the silverware at their home tournament.

According to Calciomercato, via Fichajes, Milan’s Giroud also rejected the opportunity to join Fulham in the January transfer window.

The report claims that Giroud turned down an offer to return to the Premier League in favour of continuing his stay in Serie A.

AC Milan's Olivier Giroud in action with Newcastle United's Bruno Guimaraes on September 19, 2023© Reuters

Despite being in the twilight of his career, Giroud continues to contribute to Milan’s attacking efforts, having scored 11 goals and providing eight assists in 21 Serie A appearances.

The 37-year-old has less than six months remaining on his current deal, and it remains to be seen whether he will sign a new contract with the Italian club.

Broja, meanwhile, is facing a fight to earn a starting place in the Fulham side following a couple of impressive displays from Rodrigo Muniz.

Muniz has stepped up in the absence of the injured Raul Jimenez to score three goals in Fulham’s last two Premier League games.

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