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Roy Hodgson is ready to make Watford striker Marlon King his first signing as Fulham boss.

Hodgson’s predecessor Lawrie Sanchez had lined up a £4million move for King and the new Craven Cottage chief will give it the go-ahead.

Fulham chairman Mohamed Al Fayed has promised his new manager £15m to spend in January, despite a £26m summer investment which failed to lift the club’s fortunes.

Fayed is determined not to allow Fulham to slip out of the Premier League and will continue to throw money at the team.

Watford hitman King, 27, has netted 10 times this season after missing most of his club’s Premiership campaign through injury last term.

Fulham are desperate to bolster their strike force after Sanchez’s summer signings, Diomansy Kamara and David Healy, failed to shine.

Director of football Les Reed, who was influential in Hodgson’s appointment, is in favour of a move for King – as is first-team coach and former Watford boss Ray Lewington.