Fulham are ready to release Cyrus Christie on a free transfer in order to help the Republic of Ireland international find a route out of Craven Cottage before the transfer deadline, according to the Athletic’s Peter Rutzler.

Marco Silva has told the right back that he is not in his long-term plans – even following Kenny Tete’s hamstring injury last week that appears to be more severe than first thought. Christie spent last season on loan at Nottingham Forest but a proposed permanent return to the City Ground fell through last weekend after he failed to agree personal terms.

Burnley, Stoke City and Bologna are believed to be interested in striking a deal for the former Middlesbrough and Derby defender, who has only featured for Fulham’s under 23 side this season. Christie, who twice helped Fulham win promotion to the Premier League via the play-offs, has made 66 appearances for the Whites since moving to London three years ago.