Parker wants Fulham transfers done ‘early’ to avoid deadline-day rush

The Cottagers made 11 new signings in the summer, but several of them did not arrive until the Premier League season was well under way, with deadline day moves for Joachim Andersen, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Tosin Adarabioyo coming after Parker’s men had already lost their first four league games.

“We were three or four games in before we did a lot of our business and a lot of points were at stake really,” Parker said.

“So, of course, we’d like to try and get the business in early because it gives you an opportunity to work with the player, gives them a quicker time to settle in, and obviously you don’t miss as many games.

“We understand the difficulties of this window and it is a short turnaround but I’d like to do business early, I’d like to get players in.

“Hopefully we can get some help because we do need it in certain areas.”

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