Last Updated: Thu, 29 Dec 2011 08:41
Martin Jol is reportedly set to offer £3.5million to take in-demand Doncaster Rovers striker Billy Sharp to Fulham in January.
The Cottagers boss is looking for new striker options to take to Craven Cottage as speculation continues to mount that Bobby Zamora and Andrew Johnson could be offloaded in the New Year transfer window.
And, it seems Jol could now rival Wigan and a host of Championship clubs in the race to sign 25-year-old Sharp, who has netted nine goals in 16 appearances for a Rovers' side which is struggling in the relegation zone.
Rovers chairman John Ryan recently revealed the former Sheffield United forward has a £3million release clause in his contract, but Fulham will look to clinch a deal by offering an extra £500,000.
Doncaster are, however, refusing to give up on their efforts to keep Sharp at the Keepmoat Stadium, with manager Dean Saunders insisting there is no guarantee that the striker will move on.
He said: "I'm hoping he'll stay.
"I think he's playing well at the moment. I don't want to lose him but I've been a striker myself and when these things are going to happen, they happen.
"He's a striker and if you bang goals in you go up to the next league, whatever league you're in.
"I'm just glad he's on form and banging goals in for us and he just needs to keep doing what he's doing, not take his eye off the ball and what will be, will be.
"I'm planning as if he's going to be here, nothing's been done yet.
"I don't know what's going to happen around the corner. At the end of the day the final decision will be Billy's."
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