On Wednesday, we relayed information from Belgium that Fulham were ready to make a second bid for Standard Liège midfielder Ibrahima Cissé after seeing their first €2m offer rejected.

Expected to be of around €2.5m, the offer from Slaviša Jokanović’s side, finally arrived on Tuesday night, according to Dernière Heure, but it appears such an amount still wasn’t enough to convince Standard to let him go.

In their report on Wednesday, the same newspaper claimed Fulham wouldn’t be prepared to make a third bid for the 22-year-old, yet Thursday’s article seems to suggest it was a possibility, saying it was ‘a question worth asking’.

The player, who dreams of a move to England at some point in his career, isn’t desperate to leave the club in January, and while his exit isn’t an ‘absolute priority’ for Standard, the Jupiler Pro League side have already scouted alternatives in case the right offer were to arrive on their desk.

Cissé, who arrived at Standard in 2005, spent two seasons with KV Mechelen between 2014 and 2016, before returning to his former club for £765k in the summer.

The defensive midfielder has made 15 appearances for Standard this season, scoring one goal.