Fulham are preparing to offer Slavisa Jokanovic a long-term deal to stay at Craven Cottage after the Serbian guided the Whites to the Premier League.

The club are keen to reward their head coach for his achievements and avoid him being poached by rivals as his reputation as one of the game’s best young managers grows. Fulham are also eager to ensure Jokanovic, who left Watford after a wage dispute having guided the Hornets to promotion in 2015, feels valued in west London and will look to begin negotiations over a new deal when their head coach returns from his holiday in a couple of weeks time.

Jokanovic, whose current contract expires next summer, is also likely to be backed significantly in the transfer market as Fulham look to establish themselves again in the top flight after a four-year absence. The 49 year-old has previously been upset by the club’s recruitment policy but, following the success of a January window that saw loan signings Aleksandar Mitrovic and Matt Targett move to Fulham, will be a key figure in devising the Whites’ latest list of targets.