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Fulham manager Chris Coleman has expressed his delight at finally being able to land Wayne Routledge, who has moved to Craven Cottage on loan as part of the deal that takes Steed Malbranque to Tottenham.

Coleman has been a kind admirer of the winger since his Crystal Palace days and believes Routledge, who was on loan at Portsmouth last term, could fill a gap in the Fulham squad.

He told Fulham’s official website: “‘I have admired Wayne since he was a youngster at Palace and always thought he had a lot of talent. I am glad that we have been able to get him on loan as we needed a quick right sided player to add another dimension to the squad, and Wayne will be hungry to get back into action after he was sidelined at Spurs after his injury, so I’m delighted he’ll be joining us.”