Fulham are set to launch a bid for Daryl Murphy as they hope to win the race for the Ipswich Town star, HITC understands from sources close to the club.
The Irish international striker finished last season as top-scorer in the Championship, as he played a starring role in Town’s promotion push – which ended in the play-offs.
The 32-year-old has one-year left on his current deal at Portman Road, but Ipswich boss Mick McCarthy knows he faces a huge task to hang on to one of his prized assets.
Murphy has been linked with recently relegated Hull City and second tier promotion hopefuls Cardiff City – but Fulham, who still have parachute money coming their way this summer – are ready to put cash on the table.
Murphy, who scored 27 goals last term, is currently with the Republic of Ireland squad and earlier this week admitted to being flattered by the interest being shown in him.