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Seol hasn’t given up on Fulham future

Seol Ki-Hyeon has not given up hope of returning to Fulham after spending a successful loan spell at Saudi Premier League club Al Hilal.

The 30-year-old South Korea international midfielder made six appearances for the Cottagers in league and cup towards the beginning of the 2008/09 campaign, scoring in the opening-day defeat at Hull.

But struggles with form and fitness meant Seol fell out of favour with Roy Hodgson and he spent the second half of the season in the Middle East.

He feels the loan spell was a success but with a year remaining on his contract in SW6, Seol admits his future is up in the air.

“I have not made up my mind yet. I will explore all options I have,” he said.

“Because of my lack of playing time, I left Fulham and moved to Al Hilal.

“Taking the field in many games in the Saudi Premier League improved my conditioning and I’ve thought about playing in the English league again.

“I have one year left in my contract with Fulham, and Al Hilal has still had a managerial change, so I am not certain whether I will return to the team.”

Seol goes to Saudi on loan

It’s not the permanent move to a German side that we were expecting but, according to his agent at least, Seol Ki-Hyeon has left Fulham on loan.

The loan transfer was agreed yesterday and will expire at the end of the season on June 30 and there’s a chance that the deal could be made permanent. Seol could make his debut for his new side, Al-Hila, the reigning Saudi Arabian champions, on Monday against Al-Watany if he completes his medical and receives international clearance for the move in time.

There’s been no confirmation from Fulham yet, but this might be the last we’ve seen of the Korean in a Fulham shirt.

Seol on his way?

It looks like Seol Ki-Hyeon’s unhappy stint at Fulham might soon be over.

The Korean has struggled to hold down a regular place at the Cottage since his part-exchange move from Reading with Liam Rosenior going the other way last season and hasn’t exactly endeared himself to the Fulham faithful during that time. The Korean had a little spell as a second striker at the start of the season but has seen his first-team ambitions thwarted by the emergence of Andy Johnson and Bobby Zamora as Roy Hodgson’s first choice strike partnership. Spots in the Fulham midfield are also hard to come by with Clint Dempsey having cemented a regular place.

Hodgson has confirmed that the club are waiting to hear news on a possible departure for Seol in the January transfer window.

We’re still waiting for news on Seol’s move. There’s a possibility that he might go but we’re not certain of that.

Seol fit to face Spurs

Fulham have welcomed back forward Seol Ki-Hyeon (knee) and defender Toni Kallio (virus) into their squad for the London derby against Tottenham Hotspur tomorrow.

Midfielder Dickson Etuhu has resumed training following a knee injury but is not yet ready for first-team action.

Manager Roy Hodgson has no other injury concerns other than long-term absentee Diomansy Kamara (knee).

Seol still doubtful for Newcastle

Fulham forward Seol Ki-Hyeon remains doubtful for the clash with Newcastle United at Craven Cottage tomorrow.

Seol has returned from his trip to South Korea, granted for personal reasons, but is still struggling with a knee injury.

Defender Toni Kallio has shaken off his virus but Fredrik Stoor is unavailable because of a cold.

Midfielder Dickson Etuhu will return to training on Monday after overcoming his knee injury.