Fulham are confident of keeping head coach Marco Silva at Craven Cottage – and are set to spend big in the summer as they look to build on an impressive first season back in the top flight.

Silva, linked with the possibility of succeeding Antonio Conte at Tottenham Hotspur in recent days, spoke publicly about his happiness in SW6 before Sunday’s defeat by Arsenal and talks are ongoing between the Portuguese coach’s representatives and the Fulham hierarchy about extending his contract current, which runs until July 2024. The former Hull City, Watford and Everton boss has steered one of the pre-season relegation favourites to eighth in the Premier League and the last eight of the FA Cup.

The Whites are willing to green light further spending to strengthen their first-team squad in the summer once Silva signs on the dotted line. Silva is believed not to be top of a provisional Tottenham shortlist for a vacancy that is yet to exist – with Spurs seeking candidates with both Premier League and continental success on their CV.

Fulham will not entertain offers for Joao Palhinha, who will return from suspension at Manchester United in Sunday’s FA Cup quarter final. The Portuguese international, signed for an initial £17.2m from Sporting CP last summer on a six-year contract, is delighted to be playing in the Premier League under his former manager and his family are settled in London. Fulham’s summer recruitment strategy is based on bringing in new signings to complement the tenacious 28 year-old, who has been a revelation in the engine room and is highest successful tackler in the top flight.