The same disclaimer that applies to Sun stories such as this one should also be attached to anything that appears in the News of the World, especially as they are run by the same stable.

I can share with some snippets of information on the Hangeland situation. Fulham are planning to offer the big centre half a new contract, something which has been approved by Al-Fayed, and negotiations should begin shortly. There’s no truth in the story that Brede has already rejected a contract. The Sun’s quoting of Roy is selective, referencing a discussion at a press conference where the manager was talking about having no desire to sell his best players, rather than specific contract talks. Anyone who has followed our season knows that he’s reluctant to talk about contracts.

That we should be seeking to tie Hodgson down to a longer deal is not surprising. Indeed, it shows the kind of common sense that gives you hope that our progress over the last year and a half might not be a flash in the pan. As I’ve said numerous times before, it gives me great pleasure to have Roy Hodgson has the manager of our football club.