Monday , March 1 2021

Fulham completes final agreement for Liverpool's Lazar Markovic

Fulham of the Premier League made a surprise for Liverpool's forgotten Lazar Markovic on a busy day of transfer.

The Cottagers also managed to transfer controversial striker Aboubakar Kamara and hire Norway international Havard Nordtveit on loan.

The move to Markovic, which was announced after the deadline of 11 pm on Thursday, was unexpected. The Serbian signed a permanent short-term contract until the end of the season, after being released by the Merseysiders.

Markovic failed to impress Anfield after arriving from Benfica in 2014. He has only played 34 games for the club, scored three goals and has borrowed from Fenerbahce, Sporting, Hull and Anderlecht in recent seasons.

The Cottagers, 19 in the table and six points of safety, hope he can give a ride to the club.

Vice President Tony Khan told the club's website: "Lazar Markovic is a talented young player. We are delighted to welcome you to Liverpool for the rest of the season.

"Lazar is known as a great team-mate, he has the support of our manager and he has the talent to strengthen our attack."

Markovic's hiring came after Kamara joined Turkish club Yeni Malatyaspor on loan.

The 23-year-old was banned from all club-related activities at Craven Cottage, awaiting internal disciplinary action.

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Kamara was arrested last week after a confrontation at the training camp and allegedly clashed with Aleksandar Mitrovic during a yoga session.

The Nordtveit was another day of arrival, signing on loan from Hoffenheim for the remainder of the season.

The 28-year-old, who can play in the defensive midfield or as a defensive midfielder, is familiar with England after a spell at West Ham in 2016-17.

Nordtveit said: "I am very happy to have the opportunity to return to the Premier League and hope to help Fulham to a safe place. That would be something that would put me at the top of my list in my career.

"The situation in which Fulham is now is more or less the same as Borussia Monchengladbach was in (in 2010-11). They were at the bottom of the table, a much worse situation, eight points in a safe place, and we did.

"It's a feeling I want again because it's a feeling you can not get anywhere else, just on a football field."

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