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The Daily Mail suggests that Paul Scharner’s proposed move from Wigan to Fulham will go ahead sooner rather than later.

Craven Cottage is his likely destination after the Austrian rejected Aston Villa’s advances because Martin O’Neill would prefer to play him in defence rather than his preferred midfield position. Scharner has left everyone in no doubt that his Wigan career is over.

My chapter at Wigan is closed. I want to leave for a club that is competing in Europe.

The consensus amongst Fulham fans is that £6m seems a bit much to pay for Scharner, but according to reports Hodgson is keen to add him to a squad that could well be stretched by European football this year.