Fulham ready to break Hearts
By Alex Dunn
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Fulham are hoping to land Rudolf Skacel, according to the player's agent.Fulham have expressed an interest in Hearts striker Rudi Skacel, according to the player's agent.
The Marseille hit-man is currently on loan at Hearts and has impressed this season with a series of exciting displays in the Scottish Premier League.
Skacel is to remain in Edinburgh until the campaign's close, there is no get-out clause in his contract, with Hearts having first refusal on a permanent deal should both parties concur.
A fee of around £1 million is expected to be the figure sought by Marseille but it has now become apparent that Fulham are also strong suitors.
''Fulham are interested in Rudi but negotiations will not start before the end of the season,'' Skacel's agent, Pavel Zika, told the Daily Record.
Whilst Fulham chief Chris Coleman ponders a summer swoop, Hearts boss Graham Rix insists he is confident that Skacel will remain in Scotland for the foreseeable future.
''We've got an agreement in place to sign Rudi for Hearts and I don't think it's possible to break his loan deal during the transfer window,'' said Rix.
''I want Rudi firing on cylinders and helping us to be a success.''