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Cardiff and Fulham play out opening day draw

Craig Noone netted the equaliser. Credit: PA

Substitute Craig Noone produced a stunning late strike to earn Cardiff a 1-1 draw in their Championship opener at home to Fulham.

Cardiff seemed to be running out of ideas when Noone, who had been on the pitch for only eight minutes, rifled a 25-yard shot into the top corner of the net with only four minutes remaining.

What had been an evenly-balanced contest turned Fulham's way when Matt Smith punished Simon Moore's goalkeeping error two minutes after the re-start.

Fulham sign promising Everton defender Garbutt on loan

Fulham have signed Everton defender Luke Garbutt on a season-long loan deal.

Garbutt has moved to Fulham on loan. Credit: PA

The 22-year-old full-back penned a new five-year deal with Everton last month but will now seek first-team experience with the Championship side.

Toffees boss Roberto Martinez wanted the former Leeds academy man to go out and further himself and has managed to secure a deal with Kit Symons' Cottagers.

Martinez told his club's official website:

Luke is ready to go on loan and gain playing time and experience which will further help his development and, ultimately, help him to fulfil his potential.

He has all the talent in the world with his cultured left foot and he will shine and be a massive asset in the Fulham team and in their dressing room.

This was always the plan for Luke after he impressed last season and regular, competitive football is the next step in his development. In his position, he is one of the most talented young players in England.

– Everton manager Roberto Martinez

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Man City closing in on £11million Fulham teenager

Patrick Roberts looks set for Man City. Credit: PA

Manchester City are closing in on an £11million deal to sign Fulham teenager Patrick Roberts.

The 18-year-old winger has played just 22 times for the Cottagers after he made his debut as a second-half substitute against City in Fulham's 5-0 defeat at Manchester City in March, 2014.

But Press Association Sport understands City will pay in the region of £5million up front for the teenager with a further £6million in add-ons.

Fulham wanted to keep Roberts but it is understood he handed in a transfer request in order to seal a move to the Premier League club.

Roberts, pictured on social media reportedly arriving at Wilmslow Hospital for his medical on Saturday afternoon, becomes the third English player to join City this summer.

He follows Raheem Sterling, who signed in a British record £49million deal from Liverpool, and Fabian Delph, the Aston Villa captain confirmed as a City player late on Friday.

Roberts has represented England at Under-16, Under-17 and Under-19 levels.

He also led the Cottagers to the 2014 FA Youth Cup final where they lost 7-6 on aggregate to Chelsea.

Ruiz leaves Fulham for Sporting Lisbon

Bryan Ruiz has departed. Credit: PA

Sporting Lisbon have signed Costa Rica forward Bryan Ruiz from Fulham for an undisclosed fee.

The 29-year-old joined the Cottagers for £10.6million in 2011 and was due to leave on a free this summer until the club took up an option to extend his deal in May.

But the extension proved to be short-lived as both clubs have announced that Ruiz has signed a three-year deal in Lisbon with a 60million euro (£43million) buy-out clause.

Southampton loan in Fulham keeper

Maarten Stekelenburg is off to the South Coast. Credit: PA

Southampton have brought in Holland goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg on a season-long loan from Fulham to provide cover for the injured Fraser Forster.

Both clubs announced the deal on Monday evening, with the Saints needing to make a move after Forster damaged his left patellar tendon in March - an injury which he is expected to take up to a year to recover from.

Fulham goal helps Watford promotion charge

An injury-time goal by Michael Turner means Watford are a step closer to the Premier League.

The Fulham defender's goal against Middlesbrough would see Watford promoted if the score stays the same.

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Middlesbrough to sign Fulham defender on loan

Fernando Amorebieta is set for Middlesbrough. Credit: PA

Fulham defender Fernando Amorebieta is set to join Middlesbrough on loan for the rest of the season.

A deal to take the former Athletic Bilbao man to the Riverside has been agreed and will be confirmed once he returns from international duty.

Amorebieta has previously worked with Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka, when the two were on the playing staff at San Mames in the mid-2000s.

James Husband will head the other way as part of the deal.

Bodurov and Woodrow net in Fulham win

Cauley Woodrow, right, scored the second. Credit: PA

Derby's march towards the Premier League stuttered as they fell to a shock 2-0 defeat at Fulham.

The Sky Bet Championship leaders arrived at Craven Cottage unbeaten in seven matches, but were undone by a Fulham side previously without a win in six thanks to goals from Nikolay Bodurov and Cauley Woodrow.

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