Croatia boss Slaven Bilic is wanted by managerless Fulham after yesterday's dismissal of Lawrie Sanchez.

The Sun says the west London club's board are considering a huge gamble in their bid for Premier League safety.

Former West Ham defender Bilic, 39, does not want to abandon his country before Euro 2008 despite a chance to manage here in the top flight.

So he is trying to convince Fulham's board he does not have to commit much time to Croatia until the finals begin.

A source close to Fulham admitted: "Slaven has shown all the makings of becoming one of the world's best coaches.

"Obviously he doesn't want to walk out on his country with a major tournament coming up and is trying to convince the club it won't be a problem juggling both roles.

"Fulham know this is a golden opportunity and so may be willing to take that gamble."