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Fulham confirm Duff interest
14 Aug 2009 - 15:58:54
Fulham boss Roy Hodgson has confirmed his interest in signing Newcastle United winger Damien Duff.
The Republic of Ireland international is believed to have been the subject of a £4million bid from the Cottagers and Newcastle are considering whether to sell the 30-year-old wideman.
Duff spent three seasons with Fulham's west London rivals Chelsea and has previously worked under Hodgson at first club Blackburn Rovers.
"The clubs are talking and I hope the deal will go through. He's a player that interests us," confirmed the Fulham boss.
"Damien and I go back a long way from when we worked together at Blackburn. He wants to come back to west London.
"Damien had injury problems at Chelsea and has done well at Newcastle given the turmoil there.
"Every time he's played for Ireland he's consistently been one of their best performers.
"We know what we'd be getting with Damien. He's an experienced and quality player."
Meanwhile, Hodgson has revealed that former Newcastle striker Mark Viduka will not be joining the Cottagers.
The veteran Australia striker met with Hodgson on Thursday but is not looking to play on in the Premier League.
"I wanted to know if he wanted to continue playing in the Premier League but by the end of our discussion it was pretty clear he'd made his decision to leave it behind and start a new life," added Hodgson.
"With Mark it was always going to be a long shot because we realised when he left Newcastle it wasn't to go somewhere else, it was to start a new life."