Fulham have made a late move to sign Brentford forward Said Benrahma from under the noses of Crystal Palace, according to a Daily Mail report this afternoon.

The Eagles were thought to be front runners in the race for the Algerian winger, but Fulham have apparently made contact with Benrahma’s agent ahead of submitting a formal offer for his services. The former Nice forward has been widely tipped to make a Premier League move after Brentford were beaten in the Championship play-off final last August, but the Bees are holding out for several suitors to match their valuation, which is believed to be around £30m.

Benrahma, who was linked with a move to Chelsea towards the end of last season, scored seventeen goals in 46 games for Brentford last season, including hat-tricks against Wigan and Hull City, and laid on eight more for his team-mates. The 25 year-old, who has won five senior international caps for his country, had a series of domestic loans after struggling to make an impact with Nice before moving to Griffin Park for around £2.7m in July 2018.