Roy Hodgson is hoping Jari Litmanen can aid Fulham’s bid for Premier League survival.The veteran Finn is training with the struggling Cottagers with a view to joining until the end of the season.

Litmanen, who turns 37 next month, is currently available on a free transfer after being released by his most recent club Malmo.

Fulham have confirmed the former Liverpool and Ajax attacker will spend the next week on trial at Craven Cottage.

And Cottagers boss Hodgson, who worked with Litmanen with the Finland national team, is looking to arrange a deal.

Hodgson said “I am very optimistic he will be able to help us in our battle against relegation.”

Litmanen could become the latest signing for Hodgson, who has already brought in Scandinavian duo Brede Hangeland and Leon Andreasen.

He has also agreed deals for attacking pair Daniel Cousin and Marlon King, and is chasing American striker Eddie Johnson.