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New Fulham boss Roy Hodgson has launched an audacious bid to sign Inter Milan superstar Luis Figo, according to the People.

Hodgson, who was about to be appointed Inter’s director of football before being headhunted to spearhead Fulham’s fight against relegation from the Premier League, moved to try and sign the Portuguese legend after being tipped off that Queens Park Rangers were preparing to try and lure him to Loftus Road.

Rangers are ready to tempt the former Real Madrid midfielder with a £75,000 a week wage packet as their marquee signing of the January transfer window. Fulham will not be able to match that offer but Hodgson is hoping that Figo will be persuaded by the lure of the Premier League, which has spoken highly of in the past. Figo’s representatives have indicated that their client is open to playing in England.