Premier League clubs Fulham and Brentford have recently scouted Plymouth Argyle attacker Morgan Whittaker in action against Leeds United in the FA Cup fifth-round replay, sparking rumours of an imminent late move in the winter transfer window.
Morgan Whittaker, 23, has emerged as one of the best young talents in the Championship. The winger has made 23-goal contributions for Plymouth Argyle so far this season, and his exploits in the Championship have not gone unnoticed. Serie A club Lazio have approached Plymouth over a potential move for the 23-year-old, who only signed for the Pilgrims for a club-record £1m from Swansea City last July.
West London rivals Fulham and Brentford are reportedly now showing interest in Whittaker and could make late bids before Thursday’s transfer deadline. Reasonably, Argyle are reluctant to lose their top scorer so late in the January window.
Fulham, Brentford scout Morgan Whittaker
Morgan Whittaker is enjoying his breakout season in the Championship, having already netted 16 goals and seven assists in 31 appearances across all competitions for Plymouth Argyle. The red-hot winger is only second to Blackburn Rover’s Sammie Szmodics (16 goals) in the race for the Championship’s Golden Boot award.
Fulham and Brentford—West London rivals—are currently lying in the bottom half of the Premier League and require more firepower if they are to challenge for a top-half finish. Despite Willian and Bobby Decordova-Reid performing well this season, the Cottagers could do well by signing an upgrade in Whittaker and adding depth to their wide ranks.
As for the Bees’ interest, perhaps it has come due to the complications faced in the deal to sign Club Brugge starlet Antonio Nusa, despite initially agreeing to every detail with the Belgian club. However, there are still chances of the deal not collapsing and Nusa signing for Brentford, but if not, a transfer for Whittaker could be firmly on the agenda.
Having spent a record £1 million to sign him from Swansea last summer, Argyle would make a huge profit if they decide to change their stance in the 11th hour and sell Whittaker before the transfer deadline.
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