Scharner eyes Fulham deal as Hodgson heads off Villa and Sunderland
Fulham are leading the race to land Paul Scharner from Wigan, according to the player's agent. The 29-year-old Austrian is ready to quit the Latics this summer and had been linked with a £6million move to Craven Cottage, as well as Sunderland to be reunited with former boss Steve Bruce. New Wigan manager Roberto Martinez has planned to hold talks with Scharner to discuss his future before the start of pre-season training on July 6. However, now it seems the Austrian, signed from Brann during January 2006, has decided to move on. With Aston Villa no longer an option, if Scharner were to stay in the Barclays Premier League, then Fulham - who will play in the Europa League next season - appears to be his preferred destination. 'Aston Villa wanted him as a defender and that is why they are no longer an option,' said Scharner's agent Valentin Hobel. 'Fulham are strong at the moment. However, there is still the possibility he could go to Germany with Hamburg. He will look at his options very carefully. 'If they can offer concrete figures and everything else all fits into place, then it could happen quickly and all be concluded within a week.'
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