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Schalke have given the former Rangers forward Peter Lovenkrands a free transfer.

Roy Hodgson made a last-minute bid to bring the Danish winger to Craven Cottage in the summer, but a failure to complete the deal meant we turned to Coventry’s Julian Gray as a short-term replacement. With Lovenkrands now a free agent, there is speculation that we might go back to try and complete a deal.

A statement on Schalke’s website read:

Peter always had perfect behaviour. He is a top quality striker, but unfortunately he did not settle into our club in the last six months.

Peter was unlucky to pick up serious injuries while he was playing well for us. We have had to make a decision that is suitable for both parties.

We are hopeful he will find a new club as soon as possible and we wish him good luck.

Lovenkrands added:

I experienced two super years with Schalke, but the decision we made is the best one for all of us. From now on, I can focus myself on another stage in my career.

Should Hodgson wish to take Lovenkrands to Fulham, he will have to fight off competition from West Brom and maybe even Rangers.