FULHAM are favourites to sign Newcastle United target Darren Bent.
Aston Villa have had a bid of £4m for the striker rejected by the west London club.
And that offer is significantly more than Newcastle are prepared to pay for the 29-year-old.
United - who have not yet submitted a formal bid - are also unwilling to pay Bent anything approaching the wage he takes home at Villa Park.
However, there could be progress on another front.
Newcastle are looking at signing Queens Park Rangers striker Loic Remy on a season-long loan.
The 26-year-old turned the club down in January, with United having attempted to sign him from Olympique Marseille.
But that hasn’t stopped United returning for Remy, and talks are understood to be ongoing.