Fulham could hijack Mick McCarthy’s attempt to sign Watford striker Heidar Helguson for Sunderland.

Black Cats boss McCarthy has tried to trump his Premiership rivals by making an improved offer for the Icelandic international striker Heidar Helguson.

But Fulham fear Andy Cole might seek a return to old club Blackburn and are known to be interested in signing the star, who impressed against Liverpool in last season’s Carling Cup semi-finals..

However newly-promoted Sunderland’s £1.2million bid keeps them firm favourites to nab Icelandic international Helguson, 27.