Sporting Lisbon have denied they have received an approach for striker Rodolph Douala, amidst speculation that Fulham are preparing a bid.
The Cameroon international is reportedly not short of admirers, with Tottenham, Barcelona and Marseille all thought to be keen on the 26-year-old.
Douala, who can operate out wide, has previously stated an inclination to try his luck in England and has reportedly shot his way to the top of Chris Coleman’s wish list at Craven Cottage.
However, when quizzed on a reported bid from the Premiership outfit, a Lisbon director dismissed the suggestion.
”Sporting Lisbon have not received a proposition today for Douala,” he said.
”In the press there is much news but, really, the club has not received an offer.”
Lisbon coach Jose Peseiro has reiterated the words of his director and insists that he will not be lured into a discussion about the talented African.
”In this moment the team only thinks of the qualifier against Udinese in the Champions League,” said Peseiro.
”It’s fundamental, the success, and we don’t want distractions.”
Lisbon are thought to want a minimum fee of €8 million should they decide to sell – with the player’s agent, Nuno Baptista, conceding that the figure could prove prohibitive.
”Several European clubs are interested in Douala but the conditions imposed by Sporting Lisbon are very difficult,” confirmed Baptista.