Fulham boss Roy Hodgson is ready to make a cut-price move for Middlesbrough’s midfield star Gary O’Neil – after his return to the side.

Hodgson’s top spies watched O’Neil in dazzling form at the weekend and the Craven Cottage club are poised to offer around £2million in the transfer window.

O’Neil is also being checked by Everton, with David Moyes a keen fan who tried to take him in the summer – only to be put off by the price and his injury problems.