EXCLUSIVE: Fulham on brink of 5.5m swoop for West Brom skipper Greening
Fulham are set to complete a £5.5million deal for West Brom skipper Jonathan Greening. Roy Hodgson has spent the summer attempting to tempt the Baggies into selling their star and an agreement has finally been reached. The negotiations between the clubs prompted West Brom boss Di Matteo to opt against playing the 30-year-old midfielder in Tuesday night's 3-2 win at Peterborough. Greening handed in a transfer request after a £4m offer from Fulham was rejected last month. 'Basically the two clubs are negotiating,' Di Matteo said earlier on Wednesday. 'His team-mates are fighting for a cause. I didn't feel it was right for him to be involved last night. He's been a great professional for us. I spoke to him before the game. There has been a lot going on for him in the last five or six weeks but, once again, I have to emphasise he's been very good for us. 'He's been a true professional and it was my decision to pull him out last night.' Following a quiet two months in the transfer window that saw only Stephen Kelly and Bjorn Helge Riise sign, there has been a flurry of activity at Craven Cottage this week. Republic of Ireland winger Damien Duff joined from Newcastle for £4m and a decision on Greening is expected within 48 hours. Meanwhile, Melbourne Victory are trying to re-sign Adrian Leijer. The defender has struggled at Craven Cottage since joining in 2007 and was sent out on loan to Norwich City last season. Leijer was a member of Melbourne's championship-winning side in 2006-07.
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