Martin Jol wants Andrew Johnson to sign new Fulham deal

Fulham's Andy Johnson
Johnson has less than a year remaining on his Fulham contract

Fulham manager Martin Jol hopes striker Andrew Johnson will sign a new contract after he scored twice to give Fulham a Europa League win over Odense.

The 30-year-old's fifth and sixth goals of the season earned the Cottagers their first win in nine games.

And with Johnson's contract expiring next summer, Jol revealed that the club have offered him a two-year deal.

"I want Andy to be with us and stay here. We have spoken a couple of times in the last couple of weeks," Jol said.

Johnson's brace took his tally to six Europa League goals in nine appearances in the competition this season.

But he is yet to score in the Premier League, having made four starts.

Both goals against Odense came on the counter attack. Johnson cut inside to register his first on 36 minutes before curling in a second two minutes from the end.

"He is top scorer in Europe if you count qualification matches too. He was a handful tonight," Jol added.

"He hasn't done it in the league but sometimes you have to give him the opportunities too.

"We have offered him another two years so there is a lot of confidence in him. Sometimes it's better to start talking in December or January.

"He has one year left and hopefully we can change that. If not, it is in his hands."

Fulham were without first-choice striker Bobby Zamora in Denmark because of illness.

And Jol hinted that Johnson's form could mean he starts Sunday's west London derby against QPR, as the Cottagers seek their first Premier League win of the campaign.

"I'm 100% certain that if I start Andy he won't let anyone down," the Dutchman stated.

"He is a true professional, he always plays with his heart and you can't say that of all the pros in football."

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