Fulham boss Jol confirms Sidwell contract talks

The midfielder, who scored a fantastic goal in the Cottagers' 4-1 win over Crystal Palace, is out of contract in the summer but his Dutch boss is keen to keep him at the club
Fulham manager Martin Jol would be happy to offer midfielder Steve Sidwell a new two-year deal in response to his current form.

The 30-year-old, who has played every minute of Fulham's Premier League campaign, scoring twice in his eight matches, is out of contract at the end of the season.

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But Jol says he is ready to discard club policy - which sees Fulham rarely offer deals longer than one year to players over 30 - to keep Sidwell at the club.

"Of course you feel a bit worried after the game [when he plays like that]," Jol said, referencing Sidwell's spectacular volley against Crystal Palace.

"They all come back and instead of one-year deals they want three years you know and this is probably no different.

"For me Sidwell can stay for two years, for example. We are talking to him and offered him a one-year deal but who knows what will happen."

Fulham travel to Southampton on Saturday looking to post their third successive Premier League win, and Jol is confident of picking up a good result despite their opponent's excellent start to the campaign.

"Southampton are a strong team but we have done our research and have hopefully found a few weaknesses," the Dutchman added.

Fulham defender Fernando Amorebieta acknowledged the threat that Southampton will pose, but is also buoyant ahead of their trip to St. Mary's Stadium.

"Southampton are a team that does things very well," Amorebieta told the club's official website.

"They've conceded very few goals but hey, I think we're entitled to take confidence from the win against Crystal Palace and go to Southampton full of enthusiasm and a will to win."