Fulham manager Martin Jol is optimistic club captain Brede Hangeland will sign a contract extension by the end of the year to remain at Craven Cottage, despite the center back being free to talk to other clubs in January.
The 31-year-old has yet to commit his future to the West London side, with his current deal set to expire next summer, but the Dutch boss is confident of securing the experienced defender's signature. Jol said that the club has already offered the Texas-born Norwegian a new deal that he hoped could lead to a conclusion in talks before Christmas.
"We are talking to [Hangeland]," Jol told the Fulham and Hammersmith Chronicle. "He knows what we've offered him is good, so hopefully he will make a decision in the next month or so. We're optimistic."
Fulham currently sits in ninth place in the Premier League with 16 points from 13 games, but lost 1-0 to Stoke City on Saturday afternoon.
Hangeland missed the match at the Britannia Stadium due to the three-match suspension he received for a straight red card during the Cottagers' 3-1 home defeat to Sunderland last weekend, and he will be out until the game against Newcastle on Dec. 10.