Fulham are ready to rival West Bromwich Albion in the summer for the services of Dwight Gayle.
The Cottagers, who have already been relegated from the Premier League, are reportedly interested in the 21-goal London-born striker.
Gayle signed a new deal with improved wages with parent club Newcastle United before he joined the Baggies on loan for the season.
He still has two years left on his contract with the Magpies, but has hinted that he’d be open to staying at The Hawthorns next season after an enjoyable campaign.
His higher wages could put that in jeopardy should the Baggies fail to win promotion this season, and now Fulham are reportedly ready to swoop.
The London club were keen on Gayle in January 2018 before they signed Aleksandar Mitrovic from Newcastle, and they see him as the perfect striker to get them out of the Championship at the first time of asking.
However, according to reports in the North East, Newcastle are also keen on Fulham’s Tom Cairney, and may use Gayle as a make-weight in a deal for the attacking midfielder.
Gayle scored a hat-trick at the weekend to move onto 21 goals for the season.
When he was asked if he sees a future at The Hawthorns beyond this season, he said: “Yes, of course. ”