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Ranieri makes signing a 'leader' his priority

10th January 2019, 14:26 by Aidan Perkins

Claudio Ranieri wants to add an experienced "leader" to his Fulham squad this month to help the Cottagers avoid relegation.

Fulham have won just three matches in their 21 outings on their top-flight return this term, with Ranieri replacing Slavisa Jokanovic as manager at Craven Cottage in November.

Chelsea's former England defender Gary Cahill has been linked with a loan move to Fulham, and Ranieri has conceded the Cottagers need to strengthen this month.

"I think we have to sign somebody to survive," said Ranieri. "I think also it would be a very good boost for all my players.

"I think we are open-minded, I speak every day with (vice chairman) Tony (Khan), and then we are so close and we are working, and I hope at the end we achieve what we are thinking.

"We have a very good team, but without experience.

"And then we need somebody who has experience, a leader, with good character, that's his personality, then we can improve our team.

"I need somebody who can help us; I need somebody."

Ranieri has remained tight-lipped about Fulham targets, but the west London club need defensive reinforcements, especially with Alfie Mawson facing a spell on the sidelines.

The former Swansea defender is nursing a knee injury, with no timescale on his possible return yet confirmed.

Ranieri did, however, confirm Fulham are intent on recruiting this month, despite spending more than £100million on new signings in the summer.

Stefan Johansen has been linked with a move away during the current window, but Ranieri insisted he would be happy to keep the Norway midfielder.

"If he stays I'm happy, he's a good player and I can help," he added.

"We are looking in every direction, and we'll see what happens.

"The market is open and we are ready to take someone who can help Fulham."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Aidan Perkins is a senior journalist that specialises in football stories. Aidan, a Liverpool fan, also has a broad knowledge of several other sports.

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