Fulham have made a £2.9m bid for West Ham striker Marlon Harewood, according to reports in the tabloids this morning.

The Whites are keen to strengthen their striking options ahead of the new season and West Ham boss Alan Curbishley considers the 27 year-old surplus to requirements at Upton Park. But the Hammers are believed to be holding out for a deal worth in the region of £3.6m.

News of Harewood’s availability could spark a bidding war with Wigan Athletic, Derby County and Tottenham rivalling Fulham for the striker’s signature. He scored 21 goals for Nottingham Forest in the 2002/03 season before moving to West Ham for £500,000. He scored 22 times as the Hammers went up via the play-offs and found the net fourteen times in his top flight campaign with the club. But the goals dried last term as West Ham survived by a whisker and Harewood is now understood to be interested in moving on.