Slavisa Jokanovic told reporters that he expects a new striker to sign for Fulham ‘very, very soon’ after watching his side down League Two Leyton Orient and reach the second round of the EFL Cup last night.

The Serbian head coach has made the acquisition of a forward his top priority after losing the services of Moussa Dembele and Ross McCormack, who scored 40 league goals between them, during the summer. Their immediate replacements in Matt Smith, who headed the winner against Newcastle on Friday, and Cauley Woodrow, whose fine brace set Fulham on the way to victory at Brisbane Road, have seized an early opportunity to impress but Jokanovic is keen to add further quality as he hopes to sustain a serious tilt at promotion.

I don’t want to bring in more young players at the moment, I am looking for senior players. I need strikers and we are looking at the market. I need a bigger senior squad and I hope to sign someone very, very soon.

The young players showed me quality and character and I’ll use them in the future, although it depends on them, although they can be important for the future but they need time.

Fulham have been rumoured to have tabled a bid for Huddersfield Town striker Nahki Wells, but the latest name to be linked with the club is that of Manchester United forward James Wilson, who spent the second half of last season on loan at Brighton and Hove Albion, and is set to leave Old Trafford on loan again before the end of the transfer window.