Neil Warnock has admitted a lack of funds has contributed to Cardiff's poor start to the season.
When asked whether he would put money on Cardiff's survival, Warnock told a media conference: "No, I wouldn't - not if I was a betting man". We are 1/4 now [with the bookmakers].
"We couldn't afford him but if we could have done I would have loved somebody like him", Warnock said. I would put other people's money on it.
They have conceded the most goals in the league so far this season (21), and Warnock hinted his surprise with Fulham's position given the club's summer net spend of £105m under Slavisa Jokanovic.
The two sides were promoted from the Sky Bet Championship last term and Cardiff edged Fulham for the second automatic spot, leaving the Cottagers to go up via the play-offs.
"We have to keep firing and the lads have to come up with a clean sheet and a lot of goals".
Jokanovic led Fulham to promotion from the Championship last season
'He epitomises English football, he can handle himself, he's a threat and just wants to play. I don't think we're out of it really, but when you're in the Premier League you can't really get anything less than what you've paid for him.
'Money isn't everything, but if we'd had signed a Mitrovic we'd have been sorted.
"We have an opportunity even though it looks bleak at the minute".
'It's hard at this level unless you've got that £20m-£30m, but we've got to keep firing and hopefully score some goals.
'Three of our next four games are at home, none against the top six, and you don't often get that in the Premier League.
The Republic of Ireland global was also booked in his side's Nations League defeat to Wales on Tuesday, conceding the free-kick from which Harry Wilson scored the only goal of the game. "It shows you it's not always money that talks; they've got some quality players. I like the manager he's solid, a good bloke". I've just got to make sure I get back-up when he's suspended'.