Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Liverpool to swoop Hyppia for Hangeland

The Liverpool midfielder Sami Hyppia has refused to sign an agreement with Liverpool this summer as he wants to continue his playing career, and with Daniel Agger also looking for a move away, it seems that Rafael Benitez will be urgently looking for a defender during the transfer season.

It has been reported today that his first target is Raul Albiol from Valencia, but he is also very interested in Brede Hangeland from Fulham, who earned the London club’s Player of the Year award with his performances this season but has indicated that it is time for him to move on to bigger and better things.

Fulham boss Roy Hodgson has admitted that he has offerered Hangeland a new contract but it will be hard to hold on such a good player.

He said: “We’re showing our respect by offering him a new contract. We’re doing everything we can to show how much we appreciate him and how much we want him to stay. It takes a brave man to say no-one is going to touch my players. But the fact is, he’s our player and will remain so. We’ll fight tooth and nail to keep him.”

Hangeland admitted that he would be flattered if a big club approached him. He said: “Of course, everyone wants to win trophies. If a big club wanted me to join as one of their three centre-backs, I would consider it, as and when they approached me.”

So if Benitez went to Hodgson with a good offer, and Hyppia was to arrive in the other direction to get first-team football, everyone would be happy. And Hodgson would expect to have an increased transfer kitty at the end of the day.

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