Fulham manager Chris Coleman has stepped up his bid to tie five more players to long-term contracts at the club.

Winger Luis Boa Morte and midfielders Steed Malbranque and Sylvain Legwinski put pen to paper on new deals stretching until 2006 or 2007 earlier this season.

Coleman now wants strikers Louis Saha and Barry Hayles, central-midfield duo Sean Davis and Lee Clark and defender Alain Goma to follow suit.

The Cottagers chief, whose side are fourth in the Barclaycard Premiership after a superb start to the season, held talks with new chief executive Jim Hone on Thursday over the precise make-up of the contract offers.

“I went for dinner with our chief exec this afternoon to discuss how to take Fulham forward,” Coleman said.

“I talked with agents last week but some representatives of the foreign players are abroad.

“It takes a long time to come to agreement on a contract. It’s not something that can just be done in a few weeks.

“I hope a couple of players will commit by January. We’re very confident we’ll reach an agreement with the players we want.

“I hope they all want to stay – and that there are no surprises, although you never know in football.”