Business is brisk at Craven Cottage

January 5, 2006

Fulham today continued business in the transfer window by signing goalkeeper Tony Warner on a permanent deal while Benfica centre back Jose Fonte is reportedly undergoing a medical at Craven Cottage.

Warner arrived from Cardiff City on a six-month loan deal when first choice keepers Mark Crossley and Jaroslav Drobny were sidelined with hamstring injuries in August.

The 31-year-old has made 15 appearances for Fulham and although he remains behind Crossley in the pecking order - Drobny has just returned from injury - he has become a crucial member of the Fulham squad.

Warner has signed a two-and-a-half-year deal which will keep him at the club until summer 2008 with Fulham paying Cardiff an undisclosed fee.

Fulham boss Chris Coleman told the club's official website: 'Tony has been in impressive form for us and it was important to secure his services for the rest of this campaign and beyond.

'Both Mark Crossley and Jaroslav Drobny were injured at the beginning of the season which gave Tony the opportunity to show his ability early. He has been a great asset to the squad, so we are delighted to sign him permanently.'

Coleman has also taken steps to plug his leaky defence with Fonte set to join in a sixth-month loan spell from Benfica.

A deal has yet to be finalised for the 22-year-old, who joined Benfica from Vitoria Setubal last month, but the Portuguese club expect terms to be agreed later today.

'Fonte is in London where he is currently undergoing a medical with Fulham,' Benfica press officer Carlos Garcia told PA Sport.

'We have yet to finalise the deal with Fulham which will see the player join them for six months. The agreement should be concluded later this afternoon.'

Meanwhile, Fulham have been waiting on international clearance before they can conclude the transfer of New Zealand midfielder Simon Elliott from Columbus Crew.