Fulham Hopeful Arsenal Target Will Sign New Deal

Towering centre-half likely to stay at Craven Cottage.

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Arsenal target Brede Hangeland is ready to commit his future to Fulham by signing a new contract at Craven Cottage, according to boss Martin Jol.

Hangeland has been an ever-present for the Cottagers since moving to London five years but his current deal expires at the end of this term and he has been linked with a move to Arsenal.

Talks over an extension begun last year but club and player are still yet to reach an agreement and, as it stands, the 31-year-old could walk away for nothing in July.

Jol, however, is hopeful that both parties can reach an agreement soon.

“We are talking to quite a few players [about contract extensions],” the Dutchman is quoted as saying by the Independent.

“He is one of them. It’s about him. But we are talking so it’s a positive thing and he wants to stay here.

“That’s good so there is no news now, but hopefully [there will be] in the next couple of weeks.”

The Gunners have been frequently linked with Hangeland, who has the requisite experience and physical presence to shore-up the team’s leaky defence.

The Norway international has started 24 of Fulham’s 27 Premier League matches this season.

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