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Hodgson: Duff deal is close
16 Aug 2009 - 10:39:31
Fulham boss Roy Hodgson has revealed that Damien Duff is on the verge of joining from Newcastle United subject to passing a medical.
Duff missed the Magpies' Championship meeting with Reading on Saturday evening to travel down to London for medical tests with the Cottagers after the two clubs agreed a fee in the region of £5million.
Hodgson gave Duff his break when he was manager at Blackburn Rovers in the late 1990s before the Republic of Ireland winger moved on to Chelsea.
"I think he's been allowed to come down and he's having a medical," revealed Hodgson following his side's season-opening 1-0 win at Portsmouth on Saturday.
"If all goes well I'm hoping the details will be finalised both on his personal contract and the details between ourselves and Newcastle.
"I'm hoping that will be finalised at the beginning of next week and, all being well, I'll be able to tell you he's a Fulham player next week.
"Until it's completed, it's better to be prudent, but I'm very hopeful we'll have Damien with us.
"Last year we were extremely fortunate as we had so few injuries. I'm expecting this year to have to be without players occasionally and that's why we need the quality of people like Damien Duff to put into the team."