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Seven Days of Cottaging Conjecture

Can Hodgson stop his talent being plundered?

The Premier League’s rumour department is running on a skeleton staff for the next few weeks as any transfer talk is drowned out by the voices of English discontent emanating from South Africa. Thankfully for the sake of this article, there have been some noises coming from Craven Cottage which I can enlighten you with.

Whilst he remains on the banks of the Thames, for the time being at least, Hodgson has the unenviable task of trying to keep hold of his Europa League finalists in the face of interest from the big four. Alas money talks (even more loudly if you haven’t got any) and with estimated debts of anywhere between £150m-£200m, I expect Fulham will have to sell.

Arsenal are in the market for a goalkeeper and Arsene Wenger seems to think that Mark Schwarzer will fit the bill nicely. The Cottagers have already turned down the Gunners’ initial inquiry but with only a year left on his contract, I expect they will want to cash in on their ageing custodian.

Birmingham are poised to launch a double bid for Bobby Zamora and Paul Konchesky. Alex McGleish is a big fan of the left back in particular and is confident that a bid in the region on £3m will be enough to tempt Fulham to part with Konchesky if nothing else.

It’s not all one way traffic though, Hodgson is reportedly on the verge of signing Burnley defender Andre Bikey. The centre back is currently with the Cameroon World Cup squad and could make an immediate return to the Premiership for as little as £1m.

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