Fulham close to a permanent deal for Eidur Gudjohnsen

Eidur Gudjohnsen
Gudjohnsen has played eight times since joining Fulham on loan

Fulham manager Mark Hughes said he is "very close" to securing the services of former Chelsea and Barcelona striker Eidur Gudjohnsen on a permanent basis.

Gudjohnsen, 32, has been on loan at Craven Cottage from Stoke since January and would be available from the Potters on a free transfer in the summer.

Hughes said: "I've been really pleased with what Eidur's brought to us and I know that he's enjoying his time here.

"Eidur would like to stay, I'm sure, and we would reciprocate that as well."

The Cottagers boss added: "We're hopeful it'll get done quite soon."

Gudjohnsen made his Fulham debut as a substitute in a 2-2 Premier League draw at Aston Villa.

And the Icelandic international has gone on to make eight appearances in all competitions for the Cottagers.

He only joined Stoke on a one-year deal from French club Monaco at the end of August 2010 but found his opportunities limited at the Britannia Stadium.

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