Fulham have now confirmed that Aleksandar Mitrovic has signed with them, at least until the end of the seasom.
The striker was set to return to Anderlecht but when an outgoing deal fell through, the Belgian club did not have the money to pay for Mitro’s loan deal.
So the striker instead flew to London, after first taking part of his Fulham medical in Brussels.
No doubt many Newcastle fans will be keeping a close eye on how he performs for the West London club.
Fulham Official Statement:
‘The Club is delighted to confirm the signing of Aleksandar Mitrovic, 23, on loan from Newcastle United for the remainder of the season, subject to deadline day clearance.
The Club saw off competition from Premier League and Championship clubs to secure the established striker’s signature.
A powerful, robust frontman, Mitrović began his career in his homeland with Serbian giants FK Partizan, making his professional debut with their affiliate club FK Teleoptik.
Despite his tender age, Mitrović was top scorer for Partizan’s first team in 2012/13 as they claimed the title, and his form soon attracted the attention of Belgian outfit Anderlecht, who broke their transfer record to sign him in the summer of 2013.
His debut season in Belgium was a prolific one, as he netted 16 times to help his new employers win the domestic title.
Mitrović was in even better form the following term as he scored 23 goals, promoting Newcastle to part with a reported £13m for his services.
He quickly endeared himself to the St James’ Park faithful with his wholehearted displays, and ended his first season on Tyneside with nine Premier League goals to his name in the Magpies’ ultimately unsuccessful battle against relegation.
Mitrović hit double figures for club and country last term, and also netted in his first two appearances for Newcastle at the start of this season.
In the summer of 2013 he was awarded his first cap for Serbia, and he currently boasts a record of a goal every three games, netting 11 times in 33 appearances.
Director of Football Tony Khan said: “I’m thrilled to welcome Aleksandar to the Club. He is a talented player who has already amassed an impressive record at the highest levels of the game.
“We’re looking forward to him joining the Fulham squad and helping us build towards our ultimate goal of promotion this season.”