Southampton are demanding £20million for Matt Targett, after rejecting two bids from Fulham on Wednesday for the left-back, TEAMtalk can exclusively reveal.
The Cottagers want to bring Targett back to south-west London, after seeing him end last season on loan at the club.
The Cottagers have bid £14million, as we revealed, before returning with another £16million offer late in the day – but Southampton have so far held firm.
We understand that Fulham are set to return with another offer on deadline day, but are not confident Southampton will relent – which is why they have also made a move for Joe Bryan.
Bristol City full-back Bryan was set to join Aston Villa before Fulham made a last ditch bid, and he is now due for a medical in West London.
Fulham would happily do a deal for both players, but at the very least they will get Bryan in on deadline day.
Fulham are also looking for a holding midfielder, and are still in talks with Wolfsburg over Josuha Guilavogui and St Etienne about Ole Selnaes.