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Fulham have offered the manager’s job to Stuart Gray and are hopeful of sealing a deal this weekend, Football Insider sources understand.
Talks between the parties have progressed over the last 24 hours after the Londoners failed to land their first four manager targets.

A Fulham source has told Fulham Insider that the Championship club are hopeful the former Southampton, Sheffield Wednesday and Northampton boss, who has been out of working since leaving Hillsborough last June, will accept their offer.

The Cottagers have been rebuffed four times since Kit Symons was sacked at the beginning of November, with Mark Warburton following Gary Rowett, Nigel Pearson and Clarke by rejecting their advances.

Football Insider revealed on Tuesday that Fulham’s US-based owner Shahid Khan has been in to London this week to oversee the process following the series of recruitment setbacks.

Pakistan-born billionare Khan, who also owns the NFL Jacksonville Jaguars team, wants a new man in place by this weekend.

Money man: Shahid Khan is closing in on appointing a new manager

Money man: Shahid Khan is closing in on appointing a new manager

Clarke might regret how talks with Fulham collapsed after he was given his marching orders by Reading on Friday morning following Thursday night’s home defeat to QPR, the Royals’ four defeat in seven games.

Khan’s plan has always been to appoint a head coach-type figure who can work with transfer chief Mike Rigg rather than a traditional manager in the mould of Harry Redknapp or former Charlton and West Ham boss Alan Curbishley, who is advising caretaker Peter Grant.