Hughes wants Kakuta on loan

21 January 2011 02:00
Fulham manager Mark Hughes is hoping to tie up a loan deal for Chelsea youngster Gael Kakuta. The 19-year-old has yet to break into the first team on a regular basis at Stamford Bridge and could be tempted to make the short trip across west London. "He's a player I know and I like the qualities he has," said Hughes, who has also been linked with Robbie Keane, Shaun Wright-Phillips and Henri Lansbury. "We are having lots of conversations about lots of players but at the moment we don't know if any will go through. There is a lot of interest out there, whether we can conclude the deals only time will tell." Hughes is also close to agreeing a new contract with skipper Danny Murphy, whose current deal runs out in the summer. He added: "We are in discussions and are very hopeful that will get concluded, there's a will on both sides to get that done. He's a big influence on group and a good captain. It's important for everybody that Danny knows where he's going to be."

Source: PA