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Manager Roy Hodgson has revealed the club plan to begin negotiations over a new contract for the Norwegian defender in order to ward off potential suitors...

Fulham manager Roy Hodgson has confirmed that the Premier League outfit are eager to offer centre-back Brede Hangeland an extension to his contract at Craven Cottage.

The 6ft 5in Norwegian international has 14 months remaining on his current deal with the west London-based outfit but the Cottagers are looking to better his terms in hope of staving off interest from other clubs.

"We have had plans for a while to talk to him, a) about an extension and b) about improving his contract. That's in hand," Hodgson is quoted as saying by Sky Sports.

However, the former Blackburn Rovers and Inter boss is well aware that the 27-year-old has impressed since arriving in England and that the club may receive bids for his services regardless of the player’s contract.

"If it happens, it happens and we will deal with it the best we can,” the manager explained. “In the meantime, Brede and other players who might interest other clubs are still here and we will do our best to keep them."

Ricky Brooks,