By Wayne Veysey | Chief Correspondent
Fulham are preparing a fresh Tom Huddlestone swoop as they close in on the signing of Bakary Sako, Goal understands.
The Cottagers had a £6 million bid for Huddlestone rejected by Tottenham in January after they learned Sandro would miss the rest of the season through injury.
But the England international remains top of Fulham's midfield shortlist and the club are ready to make another move for a player who is a big favourite of manager Martin Jol.
Fulham are expected to start the bidding at around the £5m mark as they attempt to bring greater creativity to their midfield.
The west London club are also in the market for a wide player and remain in talks with Wolves to sign the 25-year-old Belgian Sako.
The unsettled winger has publically appealed to the League One club to lower the asking price for his services in order to force through a move to the Premier League.
Wolves want £4m for Sako but Fulham would prefer a structured deal that would include a cash sum of around £2.5m supplemented by performance-related add-ons.
Cottagers chiefs remain confident an agreement can be reached with the Black Country club, and are also hopeful that Huddlestone is keen to re-unite with his former Spurs manager Jol in order to play regular football.
Spurs are likely to demand £6m once again for the 26-year-old, who has two years remaining on his current deal.
Huddlestone has also attracted strong interest from Sunderland, but Fulham believe the combined prospect of remaining in London and working with Jol once more could be enough to sway the player.