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Hodgson honoured with CBE

Former Fulham manager Roy Hodgson has been made a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

The ex-England manager, 73, has received his honour in recognition of his services to football. Hodgson, who left Crystal Palace at the end of last season, memorably led Fulham out of a relegation battle after taking over at Craven Cottage from Lawrie Sanchez to the final of the Europa League in 2010. He also achieved Fulham’s highest ever top flight finish.

Fulham turn down £16m bid for Mitrovic

Fulham have turned down a £16m offer from Dynamo Moscow for Aleksandar Mitrovic, according to the Sun.

The Cottagers are adamant that the Serbian striker is not for sale even after Scott Parker’s side were relegated from the top flight. The Fulham hierarchy want to keep Mitrovic, who proved so prolific in the Championship in 2019/20 scoring 26 goals, to spearhead their attempt to make an immediate return to the top flight.

But the tabloid claims that Mitrovic is keen to leave Craven Cottage after making just thirteen starts as the Whites went down – with Ivan Cavaleiro often preferred by Parker as a lone striker. There are no shortage of suitors for the 26 year-old who is known to be admired by new Roma boss Jose Mourinho and the West Ham manager David Moyes.

Mitrovic, who has scored 53 goals in 151 appearances for Fulham since joining from Newcastle in January 2018, still has three years to run on his current contract in west London.

Premier League sides eye Adarabioyo swoop

A clutch of Premier League clubs are plotting a summer swoop for Fulham defender Tosin Adarabioyo, who can leave Craven Cottage for £10m.

The 23 year-old centre half was one of Scott Parker’s most impressive performers as the Cottagers slipped out of the top flight having helped shore up the Fulham defence alongside Joachim Andersen. Adarabioyo is available for £10m until July 8th under the terms of the contract he signed when he decided to leave Manchester City for London last summer.

The ball-playing centre back, who made 33 appearances for Fulham last term, has no shortage of admirers in the top flight. Mikel Arteta, who worked with the defender when he was assistant to Pep Guardiola at Manchester City is known to rate him highly and could take him to Arsenal. Newly-promoted Norwich City have been credited with an interest in bolstering their backline with Adarabioyo, while the Daily Mail also lists Newcastle as one of the sides monitoring the situation.

Ream and Robinson start as USA thrash Costa Rica

Fulham defenders Tim Ream and Antonee Robinson both started as the United States put four past Costa Rica in their friendly in Utah this evening.

Robinson played a part in the USA’s first goal when he crossed for Daryl Dike, whose shot bounced back off a defender and Brenden Aaronson fired home the loose ball. The Fulham left back played 82 minutes before being substituted. Ream lasted the full ninety minutes at centre back.

Dike, Reggie Cannon and Giovanni Reyna rounded off the scoring as Gregg Berhalter’s side, who won the inaugural Concacaf Nations League in dramatic fashion on Sunday, claimed their third successive victory.

Bournemouth ‘set to miss out on Parker’

Bournemouth’s failure to earn promotion to the Premier League is likely to cost them the chance of appointing Scott Parker as their new manager, according to a report from the Sun tonight.

Speculation has linked the Cherries with an audacious bid to lure Fulham boss Parker to the south coast. It is not the first time that Bournemouth have coveted the former England captain – he was on their shortlist to replace Eddie Howe last August but Fulham’s promotion from the Championship scuppered that plan. The Sun suggests that Parker was tempted to jump ship when it looked like Bournemouth might swap divisions with Fulham earlier this year, but with the two teams now due to be Championship rivals, the Dean Court job is not quite as attractive.

Parker still has two years to run on his contract at Craven Cottage and faced questions about his stewardship of the side following Fulham’s relegation after they failed to win a game in the last two months of the season.

Leeds lining up Reed move

Leeds are keen to sign Fulham midfielder Harrison Reed this summer, according to the Daily Mail.

The combative midfielder impressed at the heart of Scott Parker’s midfield even though the Cottagers were relegation from the top flight. Reed, who joined Fulham for £6m from Southampton last summer after a successful loan spell at Craven Cottage, made 33 appearances last season having shaken off early injuries to become a key member of the side.

The 26 year-old has spoken of his desire to stay with the club and help Fulham bounce back to the Premier League at the first attempt, but the lure of immediate top flight football – as well as working with Marcelo Bielsa – may prove too strong. Reed has three years to run on his current contract – with the club holding an option to extend that deal by a further year.