Braga midfielder Al-Musrati has been left out of the Libyan squad for the opening set of African Nations Cup qualifiers in order to try and complete a move to Fulham.

The Premier League newcomers registered their interest with Braga a fortnight ago and are hopeful of concluding a deal to sign the 6ft 4in defensive midfielder, who has impressed Marco Silva with a series of dominant displays in the Primeira Liga. The 26 year-old, who helped Braga win the Taca de Portugal last year, was an integral part of Libya’s 2014 African Nations Championship triumph – where they beat Ghana on penalties in a dramatic final.

Al-Musrati is well known to Silva as he has spent five years in Portuguese football after beginning his career with Al-Ittihad Tripoli. The powerful midfielder has made 89 appearances in two years with Braga, scoring six goals, and is intrigued by the prospect of playing in England.