Arsenal and Liverpool have been given a boost in any hope of signing Fulham star Dimitar Berbatov after Rene Meulensteen admitted he would let him leave.
Both Arsene Wenger and Brendan Rodgers were linked with a possible move for the former Manchester United striker after his agent revealed he was unhappy at Craven Cottage, and now his long-time coach at Old Trafford has added fuel to the fire of a possible January move.
Arsenal are lacking options in the centre-forward position, with only Nicklas Bendtner the only natural back-up to Olivier Giroud in the position, so a move for Berbatov could provide a good short-term option.
Meanwhile, Liverpool have Luis Suarez in outstanding form in attack, but Daniel Sturridge is sidelined for a few weeks and Berbatov's experience could help remedy the inconsistency that has plagued their title challenge this season.
Fulham have struggled for some time now and that eventually led to the dismissal of Martin Jol, who was replaced by Meulensteen, Sir Alex Ferguson's former coach at Manchester United.
The Dutchman said he was desperate to keep Berbatov at Fulham, but admitted he would have to be realistic if a player of the Bulgarian's stature wanted out and would be free to go after the expiration of his contract in the summer.
"I will never stand in the way of people's ambitions. He is an immense player that I think any manager would want in his team - especially me," he is quoted as saying by Sky Sports.
"I've worked with Dimitar for so long. I'm one of his biggest fans because I know what he can do.
"I witnessed it every day on the training pitch at Manchester United.
"I had a really good chat with him. But we spoke about him as a player and the most important thing for me is to focus on the next few games up to January, no more."