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Brede Hangeland joins Fulham

Fulham manager Roy Hodgson knows his priorities for the rest of the season which is to stave of relegation from the English Premier League and also knows the heart of the team’s problems which is the defence. No wonder that Hodgson has signed the Norwegian international defender Brede Hangeland from FC Copenhagen.

Sky Sports reports that Hangeland has passed the medical fitness test he was undergoing at Fulham and is now officially confirmed to be a Fulham player. The three-and-a-half year contract signed by the defender will see him through until 2011 summer; he is expected to instill steel and coherence in a leaky Fulham defense that has been hit 39 goals in 22 League matches.

Hodgson told the Fulham website:

I am delighted to welcome Brede to Fulham and I think he will prove to be a tremendous signing for us. I am of course very familiar with his ability and am confident that he will help our defensive options, and play an important part in the remaining games of this, and the following seasons.

Hodgson is also eyeing a couple of strikes from mainland Europe to bolster his squad in every department so that Fulham can remain in top flight English football for at least one more season. Yet something tells you that even with the much respected and admired Hodgson in charge, Fulham will drop down through the trapdoor into the Championship.

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