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Fulham will allow Scottish international midfielder Kevin McDonald to leave on a free transfer, according to a Sky Sports report this afternoon.

The popular 31 year-old midfielder has been a stalwart in four years at Craven Cottage, significantly strengthening Slavisa Jokanovic’s side when he was signed from Wolverhampton Wanderers after a lengthy pursuit in 2016. McDonald, who quickly became an automatic pick patrolling in front of the back four, has been part of two promotion-winning sides from the Championship but has rarely featured in the first-team in each of the last two seasons and is understood to be eager to play regular football again.

Fulham are reportedly willing to allow McDonald to leave Craven Cottage on a free transfer in recognition of his contribution both on and off the field. The former Dundee United midfielder has made 127 appearances for the Whites, scoring six goals, and is credited with being a vocal and important member of the dressing room. He has slipped down the pecking order of late and with Mario Lemina and Harrison Reed signing this summer – allied with Andre Frank Zambo Anguissa’s return from his loan spell at Villarreal – McDonald’s chances of featuring under Scott Parker appear remote.

McDonald, who is currently undertaking his coaching badges, wants to continue his playing career and Fulham do not want to impede chances of reigniting his career by holding out for a high-value offer for his services. The experienced midfielder’s current Craven Cottage deal expires at the end of this season.