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Roy Hodgson has rubbished rumours that Brede Hangeland has rejected a new contract offer from Fulham – and is confident that the Norway centre back will agree to stay at Craven Cottage.

Hangeland has had a fine first season and a half at Fulham since arriving from FC Copenhagen last January. He has been linked with a move to one of the Premier League’s big four and the People reported on Sunday that he had turned down a new deal.

Hodgson reckons the defender, whom he has coached before at Viking, will stay at the Cottage.

We’re in the throes now of preparing a contract suggestion for Brede that he’s more than happy to see, and that’s the situation.

He certainly hasn’t turned anything down as we haven’t as yet made him an offer. But he knows we’re going to make him an offer and he’s very happy to talk to us about that offer.

That’s something which I’m sure will be resolved in the future.