Transfer gossip: Second Fulham deal said to have collapsed on deadline day

Fulham came close to signing striker Anastasios Karamanos in the closing hours of the transfer window, according to Portuguese newspaper A Bola.

The Whites had already failed to land Aboubakar Kamara from Amiens, leaving Ivorian forward Cyriac as their sole addition on deadline day.

And A Bola now suggests Karamanos – currently on loan at Portuguese top-flight side Feirense – was also a target for Slavisa Jokanovic.

The newspaper claims the 26-year-old travelled to London to seal a deal, but a fee could not be agreed with his parent club, Olympiakos.

QPR reportedly tried to sign Villa man

The Birmingham Mail have followed up speculation that QPR failed in a deadline-day move for Aston Villa defender Tommy Elphick.

It comes after the Sunday People reported that Rangers tried to bring the 29-year-old centre-back to Loftus Road, after the departure of Steve Caulker to Lokomotiv Moscow.

However, it is said that the move broke down when Villa could not secure a replacement.

Former Brighton man Elphick joined Villa from Bournemouth in the summer on a three-year deal, and was initially named club captain.

However, he has only featured in eight out of Steve Bruce’s 18 matches in charge and was an unused substitute in Villa’s 1-0 win at QPR in December.