Monaco forward Eidur Gudjohnsen is set to join Fulham after turning his back on a year-long loan deal with Stoke City, according to reports.
Gudjohnsen, who spent a portion of last season on loan at Tottenham Hotspur and previously played for Chelsea, would prefer to remain in London and the Daily Telegraph report he will join Mark Hughes's Fulham.
Monaco will also be happy with the deal as the Cottagers have agreed to make a £2 million contribution towards Gudjohnson's salary.
"We have enquired about him," Coates told The Sentinel. "We have talked about getting him on a 12-month loan because we think he could be a good player for 12 months, and maybe after that, but whether it happens or not, or how far we will get, we just don't know yet."