Fulham are set to go to war with Tottenham Hotspur over the signature of Inter star Milan Skriniar, in an incredibly ambitious move from the newly promoted Premier League side.
It goes without saying that the Cottagers are in desperate need of upgrading their defensive options, having conceded at least three goals in each of their three opening top-flight matches - a string of results which already sees them rooted to the bottom of the table.
Fulham owner Tony Khan took to Twitter to assure supporters that the club was doing everything in its power to sign a central defender before the end of the transfer window, following a humiliating 3-0 defeat to Aston Villa on Monday evening.
And it appears that the Whites may be aiming extremely high in their search to shore up the defence. The Sun reports that Inter superstar Skriniar is on Fulham's radar, and the Premier League strugglers are prepared to challenge fellow interested party Spurs and launch a daring bid for the 25-year-old.
The Slovakia international has been linked with a move away from Milan all summer, and Jose Mourinho's side have appeared to be the most likely destination for the defender. The North Londoners are in the market for a centre-back, and as relayed by Fabrizio Romano, they are 'in talks' with I Nerazzurri over a €60m deal. However, it remains a 'complicated' transaction.
Spurs are in pole position to land Skriniar, but are growing frustrated by Inter's reluctance to budge on the enormous fee, and the Lilywhites are beginning to look elsewhere to bolster their defence.
With Daniel Levy and co hesitant to pull the trigger on such an expensive transfer, Fulham may have spied a gap in the market.
Khan publicly apologised for his side's dismal defeat to Villa on Monday, and he 'promised' to bring in better quality players ahead of the transfer window deadline on 5 October.