Fulham manager Lawrie Sanchez is preparing a £4million swoop to land Watford winger Hameur Bouazza.
Sanchez has expressed an interest in the Algerian forward all summer after an impressive first season in the Premier League.
He said: “We are looking at a left-sided player as there seems to be a dearth of them at the club.”
For his part Watford boss Adrian Boothroyd has warned potential buyers that the Algerian international will only leave Vicarage Road for “an incredible fee”.
Boothroyd, who sold Ashley Young to Aston Villa for £9.65million in January, is determined to hang on to the 22-year-old Frenchman.
And the Hornets chief told the club’s official website: “I am aware there have been stories in the press about Hameur Bouazza.
“I do not want to lose any of my players, and there is a time to take a firm stance and there is a time to take an objective view.
“So unless we receive an incredible transfer fee he will not be going anywhere.
“Just like the Ashley Young situation where I did not want to lose him, but the fee was just too beneficial to turn down.”