Fulham are ready to let John Arne Riise leave the club in January.

The 33-year-old defender appeared close to leaving Craven Cottage in the summer after falling behind Kieran Richardson in the pecking order.

He ended up staying but has barely featured in the Whites’ woeful start to the season, making only three league appearances.

And manager Martin Jol expects the former Liverpool man to move on in the new year.

Jol said: “John is such a good guy and a good player, so he deserves to play.

“I can’t give him that [left-back] space because I feel Kieran is more energetic and I need a bit of energy.

“Riise is not playing and I feel he is at an age where he should be, and that is his idea as well.

“He is a left-back who can only play at left-back and I want players on the bench who can play in different positions.”

Riise, who has won 110 caps and scored 16 goals for Norway, has played 80 times for Fulham since his move from Roma in the summer of 2011.

He had a seven-year spell at Liverpool in which he was a Champions League winner in 2005.