Fulham's keeper signing opens Stockdale loan door

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Fulham have announced the signing of Hungarian goalkeeper Csaba Somogyi from Rakospalotai EAC on a free transfer.

Somogyi signed after a completing weeklong trial with the Cottagers, a year after the 26-year-old underwent the same process with Ajax, where he impressed now Fulham manager Martin Jol during his time at the Amsterdam Arena.

Somogyi made 43 appearances last season with the Hungarian second division side, although had limited first team experience with any club prior to that.

“I had him on a five-day trial and he made a very good impression,” said goalkeeping coach Hans Segers.

"It's a big step up for Somogyi because he was playing in the Hungarian second division but he's a very good goalkeeper."


Segers went on to confirm that current Fulham number two David Stockdale will be allowed to leave the club on loan this summer, with the former Wimbledon keeper believing a move will benefit the England youth international long term.

“That means we can lend David Stockdale out because he needs to be playing every week,” said Segers.

Jol confirmed that an Npower Championship move for the player would be preferable, and that several interested parties remain in the hunt for the player.

"There's quite a few parties interested. He's a good young keeper but lacks experience, which hopefully he can get," said the manager.

"I would prefer to loan him to a Championship club because we can include a 24-hour recall clause."

Stockdale had been strongly linked to a move to Barclays Premier League new boys Swansea, with BBC Wales reporting the Liberty Stadium side have had a £2 million offer rejected for the 25-year-old.

Stockdale would have no problem dropping down the league's to play regular football though, and is hoping that the opportunity will arise to make a short-term switch from Craven Cottage.

“I think (Jol) might stay with Mark, which is understandable, so it might be a chance for me to go out on loan,” he said.

“They’ve signed a new goalkeeper, so hopefully that paves the way for a loan move. I want to play games.

“It’s not about being part of the Premier League and sitting on the bench. It’s nice, don’t get me wrong, but I want to be playing games.”

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