Incoming Fulham manager Martin Jol wants transfer funding assurances before taking the job.
The Daily Mail says Jol is seeking clarification that he will be given a competitive war-chest to strengthen the squad.
With the likes of Danny Murphy, Mark Schwarzer and Damien Duff all in the twilight of their careers, Jol is keen to breathe fresh life into the squad.
Owner Mohamed Al Fayed is likely to give him a healthy budget in an attempt to seal his appointment.
The Egyptian businessman was ready to back Hughes to the tune of £10m to sign Espanyol striker Pablo Daniel Osvaldo this summer.
With Jol currently unattached, Fulham will not need to fork out a hefty compensation fee to prise him away from another club which will count in his favour for the transfer budget.