Martin Jol is also closing in on Pavel Pogrebnyak in a £3 million deal, but Andy Johnson will stay until the summer, when his contract expires, after turning down a move to WiganEXCLUSIVE
By Wayne Veysey | Chief Correspondent
Fulham are in advanced talks to sign Borussia Dortmund striker Lucas Barrios after accepting a bid from QPR for Bobby Zamora, Goal.com can reveal.
The west London club have agreed to meet Dortmund’s £8.3 million asking price for the Paraguayan and it is understood that the deal to bring him to Craven Cottage is ‘90 per cent done’.
Fulham have also reached agreement with QPR for the transfer of Zamora, but Goal.com has been told that the England international will not be allowed to leave the Cottage if the Barrios deal falls through. Zamora will cost around £5m, which is what Fulham paid to bring him from West Ham in 2008.
The signing of Barrios would be regarded as a huge coup for Fulham. Although he has fallen out of favour this season, he was one of the most prolific strikers in the Bundesliga in 2009-10 and 2010-11.
One striker who will be unveiled at Fulham tomorrow is Pavel Pogrebnyak, who has agreed to join the Londoners from Stuttgart for a fee of £3m.
It is understood that the Russia international has passed his medical, which took place in Munich yesterday and earlier today, and that the deal is subject to him being granted a work permit. Fulham are still waiting to hear the result of a hearing in Wembley at 11.30am today.
The Londoners are confident that the transfer of Pogrebnyak, who has scored eight goals in 30 internationals, will go through today.
Andy Johnson will now be staying at Fulham after the striker refused to be part of a part-exchange deal that would have taken him and Chris Baird to Wigan Athletic and brought Hugo Rodallega in the opposte direction.
Wigan chairman Dave Whelan told Goal.com: “The deal with Fulham is off because the lad from Fulham, Andy Johnson, would not come north to Wigan.”
The former Everton, Birmingham City and Crystal Palace forward is settled in London and is ready to see out his contract, which expires in the summer.