Hodgson enters Beattie race
Fulham target attacking options to solve poor form
Last Updated: February 1, 2010 2:58pm
Beattie: Out of favour at Stoke
Sky Sports sources understand that Fulham have made a bid for Stoke City's out-of-favour striker James Beattie.
The 31-year-old has been linked with a move to Sunderland ahead of the Potters' trip to the Stadium of Light on Monday evening, while a return to Blackburn has also been rumoured to be a possibility.
But Fulham are thought to have entered the race on transfer deadline day as manager Roy Hodgson apparently targets attacking options as a solution to struggling form.
Fulham, who have lost their last five Premier League matches, completed the loan signing of Roma forward Stefano Okaka on Monday morning but they remain keen for additional firepower.
Andy Johnson has struggled with injury and Erik Nevland has failed to make a genuine impact, while Diomansy Kamara has joined Celtic to leave Bobby Zamora as the only experienced striker.
Beattie only joined Stoke last January and proved to be one of the signings of the 2008/09 winter transfer window as he helped Tony Pulis' side avoid relegation in their first season in the Premier League.
But the ex-Blackburn, Southampton and Everton man suffered a much-publicised bust-up with Pulis at Arsenal in December following a disagreement over their club's Christmas party and has struggled to regain the faith of his manager.
Hodgson knows Beattie after their time at Blackburn as manager and player, respectively, coincided.