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THE final decision on Luis Boa Morte's future will rest with the new manager of Southampton, as the striker himself is still waiting to discover where he will be playing his football next season.

The Portuguese forward has been in fabulous form for Division One champions-elect Fulham, during his loan stint at Craven Cottage, and a number of clubs want to sign him on a permanent basis.

Yet a return to The Dell cannot be ruled out until a replacement for Glenn Hoddle is announced. Caretaker boss Stuart Gray is believed to want Boa Morte in his squad and, even if he does not get the job permanently, it is quite feasible that the new man will also be an admirer of a player with explosive pace and an eye for goal.

"Everything is open because it is about my future," said Boa Morte.

Fulham chief Jean Tigana wants to make the former Arsenal striker's stay in West London a permanent one, and there is believed to be an option on the player he can exercise, but two other English clubs and other teams on the continent are also keen on the 22-year-old.

A return to Portugal is another option open to him, with Benfica showing a great interest in his services, so all eyes will be on the managerial position at Southampton as it should have a major bearing on which colours Boa Morte will be wearing next term.