Coleman looking at options
By Alex Livie
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The Welshman is determined to draw a line under the Saha affair, but felt the need to launch one final attack on some of the Frenchman's advisors.
Speaking after seeing his side slump to defeat at Newcastle, Coleman said: "There have been a lot of outside influences, which are out of our control.
"A lot of people were getting into Louis' head and the chairman thought the time had come where he had had enough.
"It is a business decision. I am not angry - that is football."
Saha is expected to sign on the dotted line for Manchester United this week and Coleman has already set his sights on replacements.
"I have money to spend but I am conscious of bringing in the right person," said Coleman. "We know who we want."
With £12 million burning a hole in his pocket, Coleman is being linked with a whole host of centre forwards.
Fulham looked shot-shy on Tyneside and it is evident that a replacement for Saha is a priority for the Welshman.
Tottenham's Robbie Keane has been linked on Tuesday, but it is debateable whether Spurs would want to sell the Republic of Ireland international - especially with Frederic Kanoute away on international duty.
Jermain Defoe is one of the hottest properties outside of The Premiership and despite easing their financial worries with the sale of David James, The Hammers may well give due consideration to a huge offer from The Whites.
Defoe, though, is aware of Arsenal's interest in his service and he may prefer to sit tight before considering his options in the summer.
Preston's Ricardo Fuller has been earning rave reviews at Deepdale and he could well be a more viable option for Fulham who are desperate to maintain their form in the second half of the season and secure a place in Europe.