Tugay Kerimo?lu has been linked with the vacant Fulham managerial role, according to Turkish newspaper SporX.

Tugay was assistant manager at Galatasaray under Gheorghe Hagi and Roberto Mancini, between 2010 and 2014.

The former Turkish international is familiar with English football having spent nine years at Blackburn Rovers. The 44-year-old scored 13 goals in 294 appearances for Rovers until his retirement in 2009.

Tugay was recently in England exploring his options and had an interview with the Lancashire Telegraph where he admitted he missed playing in England.

“I played here for eight years and I miss it a lot,” Tugay said.

Tugay also spent two-seasons with Scottish giants Glasgow Rangers and is fluent in English.

The 94-times capped Turkey international, featured in the Crescent-Stars unprecedented third-place finish at the 2002 World Cup as well as the semi-final finish in Euro 2008.

Felix Magath was sacked last week with Fulham at the bottom of the Championship.

Gianfranco Zola, Chris Hughton, Tim Sherwood, Steve Clarke and caretaker Kit Symons are also in contention for the Fulham job.

Tugay has also been linked with the Cardiff City managerial position.