Bournemouth are now confident of appointing Scott Parker as their manager by this weekend, according to a report from the Evening Standard.

Parker has been locked in talks with Fulham over the past few days regarding a mutual termination of his current contract at Craven Cottage. Various reports last night suggested that these protracted negotiations had reached a breakthrough. Parker is apparently keen to leave Fulham following their relegation from the Premier League after a deterioration in his relationship with the club’s ownership and hierarchy.

The 40 year-old, who guided Fulham to promotion via the Championship play-offs in 2020, has long been coveted by Bournemouth. The Cherries had him on their shortlist to replace Eddie Howe but Fulham’s promotion to the top flight scuppered any chance of luring him to Dean Court. Parker is now the south coast club’s number one target to succeed Jonathan Woodgate, whose contract as Bournemouth’s caretaker manager expires at the end of this month, and they expect negotiations over personal terms and the composition of his backroom staff to be relatively straightforward.