Stanislav Jokanovic has been targeted by Fulham to become their new manager

By Harvey Byrne

Fulham manager Slavisa Jokanovic has reaffirmed that his future lies with the Cottagers after reports stated West Ham were interested in acquiring his services.

Sky Sports reported on Tuesday that the 48-year-old was being viewed as a potential replacement for Slaven Bilic.

The Croatian is currently struggling with the Hammers after last season’s success and he has just one year left on his contract at the club.

It is said that the east London outfit were planning to poach from their close rivals Fulham for their manager Jokanovic, but the Yugoslavian emphatically responded to the report in his pre-match press conference on Wednesday afternoon.

The Championship senior man said, as quoted by the official Fulham Twitter account that he is “absolutely committed” to the Cottagers and that he eventually wants to make the Premier League with them.

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Jokanovic joined Fulham in 2015 from Israeli outfit Maccabi Tel Aviv.

He has currently got the club battling in seventh place in the Championship table and he may be more reluctant to return to the Premier League since losing his job at Watford after taking them back up to the top-flight.

Meanwhile, West Ham are sat in 14th with eight points separating them from the relegation zone and Bilic will be keen to prove himself by keeping the club within the Premier League at the end of the season.

In other West Ham news, Robbie Savage has torn into the Hammers owners in a strong rant.

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