Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic wants to sign Newcastle forward Aleksandar Mitrovic in the summer but admits that it is not under his ‘control’.
Mitrovic joined Fulham on loan from Newcastle in the January transfer window and has been in stunning form in West London.
The 23-year-old has scored 10 goals in the Championship and has helped the Cottagers force a challenge for automatic promotion to the Premier League.
That being said, Mitrovic has failed to convince Rafa Benitez of his worth during his two years in charge of the Magpies and his future this summer remains up in the air.
Should Newcastle choose to cash in on the Serbian international, a host of clubs from England and abroad are said to be interested in his services - namely West Ham United.
Fulham would also like to sign him on a permanent basis but that is likely to depend on what division they are playing in next season.
And Cottagers boss Jokanovic admitted on Thursday that he is keen to sign Mitrovic permanently but revealed that any deal is in the hands of Fulham’s recruitment team.
“He made a great job for us, club took the right decision to bring him to help us,” Jokanovic told Get West London .
“I don’t know what will happen in the future, first of all he is a Newcastle player and ahead of him is the World Cup.
“I know he is really happy with the team, with the club, with the city and for another side he knows I am satisfied with level he offer us.
“Everything is open, part of another side if you ask me about if I want him with us, yes I want.
“If you as if they want to stay it’s probably a yes, but in realistic life we are going to see.
“This job is for another side and not under my control.”
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Benitez has been asked about Mitrovic’s future on a number of occasions.
Speaking back in March, he told ChronicleLive: “There are two ways to analyse this.
“One is Mitrovic is scoring goals in the Championship. It’s good news for him and us.
“Two, he is playing before the World Cup and he is our player.
“We then have to discuss his future in May. In May we will see and if he is doing well, fine no problem.”