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Fulham are emerging as the favourites to sign Hertha Berlin and Croatia defender Josip Simunic.

Australian-born Croat Josip Simunic is angling for a move to England once Croatia’s Euro 2008 adventure reaches its conclusion.

The six-foot-five Hertha Berlin stopper was linked with a move to Chelsea last year, but no bid was ever tabled.

Now, though, Simunic is keen to end his stay in the Bundesliga and head for the Premiership, with Roy Hodgson’s miracle men Fulham leading the list of admirers.

Simunic said recently: “I’m looking forward and I hope to go to England.

“I don’t know where, but we will see in a few weeks. There’s a very good chance.”

Hodgson is keen to add experience to the Cottagers’ rearguard and the 30-year-old international would certainly do that.

Simunic is perhaps best known to the English fans for recieving three yellow cards from English referee Graham Poll during a World Cup 2006 contest against Australia.