Fulham manager Chris Coleman has expressed his determination to keep Japanese ace Junichi Inamoto at the club on a permanent basis.

Inamoto is currently enjoying his second loan season at Loftus Road and is still registered with his Japanese club Gamba Osaka.

The 24-year-old initially joined the West London club on loan in the summer of 2002 after a similar spell at capital rivals Arsenal.

That deal was carried over to this term after Coleman replaced Jean Tigana as Fulham’s manager.

Inamoto has been in impressive form this season and capped Fulham’s surprise 3-1 victory at Manchester United last week with the final goal.

His displays have prompted Coleman to explore the possibility of hanging on to the energetic midfielder permanently.

“We’re still interested in Ina because he’s been brilliant for us,” said Coleman.

“We haven’t reached an agreement or sat down for any negotiations yet but we would like to keep him full time.”