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Fulham have made Swansea boss Steve Cooper their number one target to replace Scott Parker at Craven Cottage, according to a report in the Sun tonight.

The tabloid claims that Parker will complete an expected move to Bournemouth this week having been involved in protracted negotiations with Fulham over the terms of his departure. The sticking point remains the compensation that the Cherries will pay for Parker’s services, with the former Fulham midfielder still having two years to run on his contract with the London club.

Fulham have provisionally put Cooper at the top of their shortlist as they consider replacements for Parker. His track record of developing young talent, both at Swansea and when in charge of the England under-17 side appeals to the Fulham hierarchy as does Cooper’s preference for attractive football.

Cooper’s stock has risen since taking the England under-17s to World Cup glory, with a squad that included Fulham academy graduate Steven Sessegnon, as he led Swansea to successive Championship play-offs in his first senior job. Fulham are confident they would be able to lure Cooper to London and can easily afford the £3.5m compensation that Swansea will insist upon.

The Sun also suggests that former Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe, who recently turned down the Celtic job, is also considered a leading candidate to succeed Parker.