Fulham are plotting a January swoop for Danny Simpson after failing to ­secure his signature last summer.

The 25-year-old sparked a flurry of speculation about his future after he rejected a fresh contract from Newcastle last season.

Simpson’s current deal runs out next summer but the ­earlier offer that he snubbed still remains on the table.

Fulham, QPR and Reading were all linked with a move for former Manchester United youngster Simpson (above) ­during the close ­season.

But a deal failed to ­materialise and Toon owner Mike Ashley may now ­decide to cash in on his right-back, rather than ­allowing him to leave for free in the ­summer.

The Cottagers’ interest in Manchester-born ­defender Simpson has not diminished and boss Martin Jol could swoop.

Sources close to Simpson have indicated a switch to the capital now strongly ­appeals to the player due to his burgeoning relationship with pop star girlfriend ­Tulisa Contostavlos.