Fulham close in on deal for Lazio goalkeeper Thomas Strakosha, who is out of contract at the Italian club… as Marco Silva aims to confirm the first of at least six new signings following promotion to the Premier League
- Fulham are expected to confirm the signing of goalkeeper Thomas Strakosha
- The Albanian shot-stopper is leaving Lazio at the end of his contract this summer
- Strakosha has spent the last 10 years at the Italian club and played 208 games
- The 27-year-old played in Albania’s 5-0 defeat to England at Wembley last year
- Marco Silva wants more experience between the sticks after winning promotion
Fulham are nearing a deal for Lazio goalkeeper Thomas Strakosha, who is out of contract at the Serie A club.
The Cottagers are looking to bring in at least six new signings this summer following their promotion to the Premier League.
Marco Silva is keen to add experience between the sticks and Albanian international Strakosha fits that bill having played top-flight football in Italy for the last six years.
Fulham are expected to confirm the signing of goalkeeper Thomas Strakosha from Lazio
Current Fulham shot-stopper Paulo Gazzaniga has played in the Premier League with Southampton and Tottenham previously, but was dropped by Silva just two months into last season after keeping only two clean sheets in 11 games.
Marek Rodak took over and established himself as the club’s number one as they won the Championship title, but the Slovakian only has two top-flight appearances to his name which came in the Cottagers’ last spell in the Premier League.
Athens-born Strakosha, 27, will end his 10-year association with Lazio this summer having joined the Italian side’s academy at the age of 17.
The 27-year-old has 19 caps for Albania and played in their 5-0 defeat to England last year
Strakosha is thrown in the air by his team-mates after his 10-year spell at Lazio came to a close
Following a loan spell with Salernitana in Serie B, the goalkeeper made his first team breakthrough in Rome in 2016 and he made a total of 208 appearances for the club.
Strakosha started last season as number two behind Pepe Reina, but played every Serie A game from December 5 onwards and kept seven clean sheets in 23 matches as Lazio finished fifth.
At international level, the 6ft 4in stopper has earned 19 caps for Albania and played in the 5-0 defeat to England at Wembley last year.