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Fulham are ready to test Rangers’ resolve over Daniel Cousin by lodging a £2.5million offer for the striker.

The Gabonese hitman bagged his ninth goal of the season last night to seal a 2-1 win over Gretna at Fir Park, and send the Ibrox men four points clear of Celtic at the top of the SPL.

Boss Walter Smith emerged to say that mounting English Premier interest in the former Lens man – who only arrived in August in a £1m deal – would not necessarily lead to him going before the end of this January window.

But according to the Evening Times, Fulham’s new manager Roy Hodgson sees Cousin as a key part of his plan to lift the Whites out of relegation strife and is preparing an offer of around £2.5m.

Cousin’s agent, Willie MacKay, today said the Cottagers are front- runners and it appears the 30-year-old will be on his way if the price is right – despite Rangers’ preference to keep hold of him until the end of the season.

A £3m release clause in his contract would be activated then, but Fulham want Cousin now.

“We haven’t heard anything from any club and you have to put up with speculation at this time. Everybody is saying that players – not just Daniel Cousin – are being linked with teams.

“Does that mean if a club shows an interest in someone they leave Rangers? It doesn’t. It just means they show an interest in them. Daniel is scoring some goals for us at the present moment and we are obviously happy to keep him.”