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Martin Jol hopes Andy Johnson is close to agreeing a new two-year contract with Fulham after the club offered him a new deal.

The Fulham manager revealed that, after rejecting approaches for the 30 year-old during the January transfer window, the club offered Johnson a revised extension to his contract, which expires in the summer. The former Crystal Palace and Everton striker is currently sidelined with a groin injury but has scored 11 goals in 29 appearances for Fulham so far this season.

There was an inquiry from one or two clubs so we had to make a decision on that. I said to Andy you will stay here whatever happens and that probably wasn’t ideal for him, but it was good for me because we can now get on with the job and hopefully he can play for us and score goals.

It is more to do with his situation. His contract is up at the end of the season and he is a bit insecure about his future. But I don’t think there is any problem with him so we will find a solution. And I think he wants to stay as well.

We have made him an offer a couple of times and in the latest stage we even offered him what he wanted and that was two and a half years. So we are close. The sticking point was a year difference.