Fulham have been linked with a January move for Watford centre back Craig Cathcart in this morning’s Daily Mirror.

Slavisa Jokanovic has been a longstanding admirer of the Northern Ireland international defender since the former Manchester United trainee won promotion to the Premier League under the Serbian head coach in 2015. Fulham have been consistently linked with a move for Cathcart, who recently signed a new four-year deal at Vicarage Road, since the summer and Jokanovic is known to be keen to boost his defensive options.

The Mirror suggests that the former Blackpool defender is not part of Mauro Silva’s long-term plans at Watford, but his current absence from the Hornets’ 25-man Premier League squad is largely due to a knee injury that is likely to keep him out of action until after Christmas. Cathcart’s only first team appearance – in a goalless draw against Brighton – resulted in him being substituted due to that knee problem after 19 minutes.

The 28 year-old, who has made 87 appearances for Watford since signing on a free transfer from Blackpool in June 2014, has been a regular in Michael O’Neill’s Northern Ireland squad. He started all four fixtures during their run to the Euro 2016 second round in France and would likely be in high demand were he to be made available in the January transfer window.