Skysports.com understands Fulham are now the favourites to win the chase to sign AZ Alkmaar striker Moussa Dembele.
Belgium international Dembele had been tipped to join Birmingham City in a £5million deal, with Alex McLeish having been confident of capturing the 23-year-old.
However, the Birmingham boss revealed earlier on Thursday that he had missed out on Dembele after the forward had 'chosen another option'.
West Bromwich Albion and West Ham United have also been linked with Dembele, but it is understood Fulham are set to land the lively frontman.
New Fulham boss Mark Hughes is looking to put his own stamp on the squad he has inherited at Craven Cottage from predecessor Roy Hodgson.
A striker is among Hughes' targets and any deal for Dembele who would help to share the goalscoring burden which was carried for much of last season by new England cap Bobby Zamora.