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16 Apr 2009 17:57:03

Hodgson hopeful on Hangeland

Fulham manager Roy Hodgson has revealed that Brede Hangeland is happy to discuss the offer of a new contract. The Norwegian defender has been one of Fulham's star performers this season but his performances have not gone unnoticed. His future has been the subject of constant speculation and the 27-year-old admitted last season that he would consider leaving Craven Cottage if a bigger club came calling. However, Hodgson remains optimistic that Hangeland will stay with the club and put pen-to-paper on an extended deal. "We're in the throes now of preparing a contract suggestion for Brede that he's more than happy to see, and that's the situation," Hodgson explained. "He certainly hasn't turned anything down as we haven't as yet made him an offer. "But he knows we're going to make him an offer and he's very happy to talk to us about that offer. "That's something which I'm sure will be resolved in the future." Hodgson has conceded that Fulham do not presently have the squad to cope with European football but he is still setting his sights on a seventh-placed finish in the Premier League. Fulham, who only just avoided relegation last season, are currently eighth with six games still to play. Hodgson added: "Our major target was to finish in the Premier League, so we have achieved our target and have not set up a different one. "If we finish with enough points for seventh in the league that would be a fantastic achievement and we will go for it the best we can."


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