Fulham are on the verge of signing 19 year old Argentine Alfonso Penne from Italian club Torino. Penne, known as “The Fonz”, will be out of contract in the summer and is keen to test himself in the Premier League.
Penne rose to prominence last year as a 18 year old at Torino, scoring 47 goals in 15 U16 games for Il Granata as an over-aged player playing under a false passport.
“Yes, there were some questions, but the fact that he was so ruthless against such weak opposition is a major plus for us” said Martin Jol, who plans to use Penne as a floating forward for a couple of games before easing him into a substitute’s role, then banishing him to the reserves and forgetting about him.
Penne will undergo a medical at Motspur Park this afternoon and is likely to move for a nominal fee, rising to a substantial one subject to various milestones being met. It is thought that these milestones are quite realistic.