Scott Parker will leave Fulham within the next 48 hours – paying the way for him to take over as manager of Bournemouth, according to a Sky Sports report this morning.

Parker’s protracted departure from Craven Cottage has been the subject of extensive negotiations between the 40 year-old and the Fulham hierarchy. His relationship with the club’s ownership deteriorated over the course of last season, when Fulham were relegated from the Premier League, and that has prompted Bournemouth, who previously considered him as the leading candidate to replace Eddie Howe, to revive their interest in taking him to the south coast.

The former Fulham captain, who guided Fulham to promotion via the Championship play-offs in 2020, will succeed Jonathan Woodgate, whose contract as the Cherries’ caretaker manager expires at the end of this month.

Stuart Gray is expected to take charge of Fulham’s pre-season preparations from tomorrow, with under 23 coaches Colin Omogbehin and Mark Pembridge assisting him, as the club looks to recruit Parker’s permanent successor.