Fulham are reportedly interested in making former Manchester United legend Eric Cantona their new manager after the Frenchman held private talks with chairman Mohamed Al-Fayed at Harrod’s this afternoon.

Cantona has harboured aspirations of going into management since abruptly retiring from professional football when he left Old Trafford aged only 30. He has opened an academy in France to help underprivileged youngsters forge a future in the game, but it is believed that Al-Fayed was attempting to persuade the former French international to take over from Paul Bracewell.

Bracewell, who was promoted from his role as player-coach to succeed Kevin Keegan last summer after Fulham’s former manager took the England job on a permanent basis, has lost the confidence of the club’s eccentric Egyptian owner after winning only one of his last eight league matches. The Whites were booed off after a 1-0 defeat to Grimsby Town, who hadn’t won away from home since September, on Saturday.