Fulham have launched a last-minute attempt to pinch Sunderland striker Kevin Phillips from under the noses of Southampton, according to the Daily Mirror.

Fulham boss Chris Coleman is keen to add to his forward line ahead of his first full season in charge of the Whites and wants to us any surplus from the sale of Sean Davis – and the impending acquisition of Claudio Ranieri – to lure the former England international to London. Coleman is confident that Fulham will be able to match the 30 year-old’s wage demands, which has thrown a spanner in the works of his proposed move to St. Mary’s.

Fulham have made Sunderland aware of their interest in the veteran striker and the Black Cats are more than willing to encourage a bidding war as that may boost their own coffers for future transfers. Phillips is keen to move on in search of first team football and would offer Coleman the services of a proven Premier League goalscorer.