Bristol City manager Gary Johnson is still hopeful of signing youngster Liam Fontaine, despite the player being offered a new contract by Fulham.
The 20-year-old spent the tail end of the last season on loan with The Robins, having played for Johnson before when he was Yeovil Town boss.
Despite playing just one first-team game for Chris Coleman's side, The Cottagers have moved to offer the player a new contract in order to earn compensation for Fontaine, should he move on from West London.
"At the moment, the deal is not totally dead," Johnson told the Bristol Evening Post.
"We are still hopeful of having Liam here."
It remains to be seen if City will pursue a deal for the youngster, having gone to a tribunal over Liam Rosenior's move to Fulham from Ashton Gate three years ago.
Meanwhile, The Robins are planning to extend striker Steve Brooker's existing contract with the club.
"If we are going anywhere, we need to hang onto players like Steve," Johnson told the club's official website.
"He wants to play Championship football, but he can do that without leaving us."