Fulham have confirmed they have received “unsolicited and unwelcome” approaches for Louis Saha from a number of clubs – including Manchester United.

The French striker has scored 10 goals for the Cottagers so far this season and said earlier this week that a move to Old Trafford would be “a dream” for him.

However, the club’s chief executive officer Jim Hone insists the west London club, who are pursuing a place in Europe, are not prepared to sell.

Hone stated: “The club can confirm that there have been unsolicited and unwelcome enquiries from a number of clubs, including Manchester United.

“However, it has been made clear to those clubs that Fulham FC does not wish to, and has no financial requirement, to sell the player who is under contract to Fulham until 2006.”

Hone added: “Louis Saha is a key player for Fulham and is important to [manager] Chris Coleman’s plans for the future of the team.

“His form this season has been outstanding and the current speculative valuations of the player fall very far short of his value to the club.

“Louis has consistently maintained that he is happy at Fulham FC and understands the importance of playing regular first-team football at this stage in his career.

“Neither the club nor Louis believes it would be beneficial for his future, to become a squad member elsewhere.

“It is our aim to consolidate and build for future success and it is not in my plans to sell a player whose value to Fulham far exceeds any current offer.

“Media speculation surrounding any player can become unsettling and is not welcome; Louis is very much part of our future and is simply not for sale at this stage.”

Saha joined the Cottagers from Metz for £2.1million in June 2000 after a loan spell at Newcastle in 1999.

He scored 32 goals in his first season as Fulham stormed to the First Division title but managed nine in his first full top-flight campaign and seven in his second.

However, he now seems to have found his feet in the Premier League and has been linked with a move to United, who are looking for a striker to provide back-up to Ruud van Nistelrooy.