Fulham manager Roy Hodgson says there has been no approach from Arsenal or any other club regarding central defender Brede Hangeland. The 6ft 5in stopper has made 52 league appearances for Hodgson's side since arriving in January 2008, with the 28-year-old's rock-solid form last season helping the Cottagers seal a Europa League place, 12 months after avoiding relegation on the final day of the campaign. As a result, the Norwegian international - who has featured 50 times for his country - has been linked with moves to Aston Villa and Manchester City. While North London duo Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur are also on the lookout for a new central defender, with Arsene Wenger losing Kolo Toure to Manchester City and Harry Redknapp seeing Michael Dawson, Jonathan Woodgate and Ledley King all suffer injuries. Hangeland had previously pledged his allegiance to Fulham, insisting he was happy to stay at the club and assist them in their European quest in 2009/10, only to recently reveal that he is in no hurry to agree a new deal. But, speaking ahead of Fulham's Europa League qualifier with Lithuanian side Vetra, Hodgson insisted there had been no offers for his prize asset. "We read the speculation about Brede, but you only get concerned when a club contacts you," he said. "I’m not bothered about it. If Arsenal wanted one of our players and could afford to entice him away, like Manchester City are, we would have to deal with that situation. "But it’s only speculation brought about by people seeing that Arsenal are losing a centre-back and saying, 'If I were the Arsenal manager I’d go for him.'" NEWS: Hangeland in no hurry over new deal NEWS: Hangeland happy to stay at Fulham NEWS: Hangeland agent quiet on Arsenal interest
30 July 2009
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