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Scott Parker insists he has the final word on which players Fulham sign

Fulham v Brentford – Sky Bet Championship Play Off Final – Wembley Stadium
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Fulham manager Scott Parker insists the final say on transfers is his and suggested the club could yet do more deals before the window closes on October 5.

The west London club have already made five additions to their squad this transfer window, including Anthony Knockaert and Harrison Reed who had been on loan at Craven Cottage last season.

Kenny Tete and Ola Aina are also expected to join the club in the coming days, although Parker insisted the deals were not official yet.

“Like anything really we’re looking to strengthen the squad and looking to strengthen certain positions so hopefully we can get those two over the line in the coming weeks really,” the 43-year-old said.

When asked about other potential deals, Parker added: “We are hoping to do a few things, there is no set number, there are areas of the team we need to improve, areas we need to evolve, for their development and our development as a team we need people coming in to improve us.

“This is the world we live in, part and parcel of football you want to progress – if you can bring people in that you think can make you better, then you will do that.”

When Fulham were last promoted to the Premier League in 2018, they spent more than £100million in the summer transfer window, including the signings of Jean Michael Seri, Andre Schurrle and Alfie Mawson.

The club were relegated on April 2 the following year and Parker was named caretaker boss after the sacking of Claudio Ranieri in February 2019, but the ex-England international believes this year will be different.

When asked who makes the final decision in terms of transfers, Parker said: “Do I have the final say on what players come int the football club? 100 percent.”

He added: “Are we going to spend 100 million this time? No. But I don’t think that’s the issue.

“The issue is bringing the right people to the football club who understand what’s needed and who understand what we’re going into and that’s key for me.

“If they improve us, if they enhance us and make us better then that’s for sure who we want. Wholesale change? No of course not but at the same time there’s a real balancing act of improving as a team and evolving as a football club and getting better and also not losing sight, not losing people who understand and can drive a culture and an environment as needed.”