Fulham want Moussa Dembele to return to Craven Cottage on loan for the rest of the season if they sell him to Tottenham this winter.
The 19-year-old forward is admired by Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino and is high on the club’s list of striking targets for this month.
Fulham would like about £6million for Dembele but know they will receive minimal compensation for the forward – about £300,000 – if he moves abroad when his contract ends in the summer.
Spurs are thought to be exploring whether to include one of their younger players in the deal who is outside the first-team squad.
Dembele has scored 11 times this season and Spurs have followed him closely since his early days in English football, even sending representatives to watch his full Premier League debut for Fulham, against Everton in March 2014.
They have also conducted thorough checks on the player’s character and are expected to make a decisive move to sign him in the closing days of this transfer window.
Yet Dembele is thought to be in no hurry to move as he has plenty of interest from abroad. His representatives held talks with Monaco earlier this month and his situation is also being followed by Wolfsburg, Roma and former club Paris St Germain.