Deadline day news: Fulham boss speaks on potentially signing Broja

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Chelsea have decided to keep an open mind regarding the future of Armando Broja at the club.

The Blues were reportedly initially looking to sell the striker for about £35m, or send him on loan to one of his suitors with an obligation to buy at the end of the season.

However, according to the Evening Standard, Chelsea will now consider loaning the Albanian out without a mandatory purchase clause, as they’re desperate to offload him.

Fulham are one of Broja’s biggest admirers, and with their star striker Raul Jimenez recently getting injured, they may move in swiftly for the Chelsea man.

Fulham manager Marco Silva seems to have played down the links.

Asked if Jimenez’s injury increases the chances of signing a striker amid growing links with a move for Broja, Silva said: “Okay, to be honest with you, if you ask me that I’m expecting some or very many things until the end of the market, no.

“I was clear with you from the beginning of the window. Of course, with the decisive games we had before this one, if it was possible to do something we should have done it in the beginning of the window because we had semi-finals to play, FA Cup to play and all that stuff.

“Of course, the board is trying to do their best. If you ask me if I expect many, many things until the end of the market then no.”

Specifically on rumoured interest in Broja, Silva said: “No, I will not talk about players that are not [Fulham] players. I’m not going to talk about rumours.”

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