Billy Sharp is a 3.5m target for Fulham manager Martin Jol

Fulham prepare 3.5m Sharp bid in gamble to spruce up attack

Danger: Sharp could give Fulham a cutting edge

Danger: Sharp could give Fulham a cutting edge

Fulham are preparing a 3.5million bid for Doncaster striker Billy Sharp to bolster their attacking options.

Boss Martin Jol is looking to bring a forward to west London, with Bobby Zamora and Andy Johnson seemingly close to the exit at Craven Cottage.

The 25-year-old has caught his eye with nine goals, despite his side”s poor Championship form.

Doncaster chairman John Ryan recently revealed Sharp has a 3million release clause in his contract, which leaves the door open for clubs to make bids for the striker.

But manager Dean Saunders is hoping his prolific forward will stay at the Keepmoat Stadium.

He told Skysports.com: “I’m hoping he’ll stay.

“I think he’s playing well at the moment. I don’t want to lose him but I’ve been a striker myself and when these things are going to happen, they happen.

“He’s a striker and if you bang goals in, you go up to the next league, whatever league you’re in.

Hopeful: Saunders hopes he can keep his striker

Hopeful: Saunders hopes he can keep his striker

“I’m just glad he’s on form and banging goals in for us and he just needs to keep doing what he’s doing, not take his eye off the ball and what will be, will be.

“I’m planning as if he’s going to be here; nothing has been done yet.

“I don’t know what’s going to happen around the corner. At the end of the day the final decision will be Billy’s.”