Fulham linked with Turkish stopper swoop

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Standard Liege goalkeeper Sinan Bolat is close to joining Fulham, according to reports.

The Turkish international is currently training with Fulham ahead of a proposed January switch, although a deal is yet to be completed.

The 24-year-old 'keeper is out of contract in the summer, so Standard have reluctantly agreed to part with Bolat in the new year, rather than risk losing him for nothing at the end of his current deal.

According to reports, Fulham will pay Standard £800,000 to sign Bolat, with the Turkish stopper moving to Craven Cottage to challenge Aussie veteran Mark Schwarzer for a starting berth.

The Cottagers are in no rush to complete the transfer however, as Bolat is currently recovering from a serious knee injury which saw him miss most of last season.

In Profile:

Bolat came through the ranks at Genk before signing for Standard Liege in 2009. It wasn't long before he became first-choice goalkeeper and in 2011, Bolat became a full international, representing Turkey in a friendly match against Estonia.

Bolat, who won the Belgian championship and Supercup in 2009, has played 106 games for Standard, keeping 36 clean sheets in the process.

He is most famous for his spectacular late equaliser in the Champions League group stages against AZ Alkmaar three years ago. The goal, scored in the fifth minute of added time, forced a 1-1 draw with their Dutch opponents, with Bolat's late header ensuring his name would go down in the history books as he remains the only goalkeeper to have scored from open play since the competition began.

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