Slavisa Jokanovic insists neither Moussa Dembele nor Ross McCormack are for sale, amidst reports of interest for both players during the window.
McCormack cost the Cottagers £12million when he signed from Leeds United in the summer of 2014, and he has gone on to score 36 goals in 81 matches for the capital club. It was widely mooted that Middlesbrough have already had two bids rejected for the 29-year-old, but Aitor Karanka is expected to make another bid as he chases promotion to the top-flight.
Dembele left Paris St Germain to join Fulham’s youth academy four years ago, and made his debut in the Premier League during the 2013-14 season. The 19-year-old has gone on to make a total of 44 appearances in all competitions, scoring 13 goals, and this is said to have caught the attention of top-flight giants Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur.
Fulham are currently in the midst of a transfer embargo for making a loss greater than the £6million limit following their relegation from the top-flight, but it is still possible for them to trade in the market within the Financial Fair Play rules this month. But in regards to McCormack and Dembele, Jokanovic insists there is no way either player will be sold.
“There is always speculation about Dembele and McCormack, but people need to understand Fulham too,” said the Cottagers head coach. “If they are serious people they see we do not need money right now, we need other things, and we are not in a situation where we have to sell our best players. The plan is to bring in new people and we are looking at the loan market.”