Roy Hodgson has admitted that he is very interested in bringing Damien Duff to Fulham.

Hodgson managed the Republic of Ireland winger in a brief spell at Blackburn in 1997, when Duff made his Premier League breakthrough. Fulham have offered Newcastle £4m for the left winger and Hodgson hopes that a deal can be secured. He believes the player wants to return to west London, having spent three years in the north east after leaving Chelsea.

The clubs are talking and I hope the deal will go through. He’s a player that interests us. Damien and I go back a long way from when we worked together at Blackburn. He wants to come back to west London.

Damien had injury problems at Chelsea and has done well at Newcastle given the turmoil there. Every time he’s played for Ireland he’s consistently been one of their best performers. We know what we’d be getting with Damien – he’s an experienced and quality player.