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Roma striker close to Fulham switch

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Stefano Okaka's agent believes the Roma striker could be on his way to Fulham by the end of the week.

Cottagers manager Roy Hodgson, who confirmed the club's interest at the end of last month, has long been an admirer of Okaka and his need for a striker has increased following Bobby Zamora's injury, which is likely to sideline the in-form frontman for several weeks.

Okaka's agent is confident a deal will be completed sooner rather than later and told Romagiallorossa.com: "Sporting director (Daniele) Prade has not long returned.

"I think that Roma and Fulham will talk in the next two days. It's important that the two clubs talk to each other."

He added: "I think that Stefano is the right age for such a move.

"To play in the Premier League is not just a stroll, it's not something everyone can do.

"Fulham were interested last year as well and that could only make us happy.

"He has the right characteristics to do well in the Premier League.

"Hodgson has said some really good things about Stefano. It's gratifying that a coach of his calibre expressed himself in this way."

Bari and Chievo are also interested in Okaka but Fulham are believed to be leading the chase.

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