Fulham’s attempt to sign Sergi Enrich from La Liga side Eibar is very close to collapse, Sport Witness has learned.

Sources close to the possible deal confirmed the West London side have offered to pay for the player’s €10m release clause, just like first reported by the Spanish media today.

Fulham have put on the table a contract until 2020 with better wages than the player currently earns in Spain.

The problem is that Eibar, who don’t want Enrich to leave, are forcing the striker to pay for the release clause himself.

For tax purposes, that should mean €4m more to be paid for the Spanish Treasury. As the player obviously won’t spend that much money to make the transfer, all these expenses would go to Fulham.

So besides having to pay €14m for the full transfer, Fulham would still need to deposit this amount to Enrich’s bank account and let him sort the business with his entourage.

It is possible to get around this and negate the tax issue, but with just hours left until the window closes, there’s not much hope a deal can be done.