Fulham manager Roy Hodgson admits he is looking for cut-price deals in the January transfer window.

Speculation has linked the Cottagers with a move for Manchester City midfielder Michael Johnson, while Southampton’s Andrew Surman has also been mentioned as a target.

However, Hodgson – who has favoured a select band of players this season – recognises funds will not be readily available from chairman Mohamed al-Fayed.

In the wake of Sunday’s 3-1 defeat to West Ham, Hodgson confesses he would like to reinforce his squad, but he recognises that could prove difficult.

“I don’t think it is that easy to fatten out the squad,” Hodgson told Sky Sports. “The quality of player that we need is not going to be readily available.

“It is a tough time economically for all football clubs.

“Our chairman has been very generous with what he has allowed me to spend (in the past).

“If we do anything, it will be like most clubs who are trying to pick up a bargain or a player on loan who can help us out.”