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Fulham are monitoring defender Phil Bardsley’s contract situation at Sunderland with a view to a January move.

Having been frozen out of the first-team under sacked manager Paolo Di Canio, the Scotland full back has established himself as one of new boss Gus Poyet’s key men.

His recent displays have not gone unnoticed by the Whites, in particularly new coach Rene Meulensteen, who is a long term admirer of Bardsley’s defensive qualities having worked with him when he was part of the youth team set up at Old Trafford.

The former Manchester United defender signed for the Black Cats in January 2008 and has since made over 150 appearances for the north-east side.

Both Fulham and Sunderland currently sit in the Premier League relegation zone.