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Roy Hodgson has confirmed that Fulham have the option to sign Nicky Shorey on a permanent basis at the end of his loan from Aston Villa.

The 28-year-old left back, impressive in his first two appearances for the Cottagers, would be able to join Fulham at the end of the season if the Cottagers paid a pre-agreed fee, according to Hodgson, who made it sound like his new signing was a bad boy from the wild, wild west.

A price has been put on Nicky’s head if, at the end of the loan period, he wants to stay and we certainly want to keep him.

He’s a player we considered many times. When he was at Reading we were interested, but the price and wages he could command took him out of our reach and he went to Aston Villa.