Martin Jol is keeping it in the family after Fulham today announced the signing of current Cottagers midfielder Bjorn Helge Riise's brother John, who joins on a three-year deal from AS Roma.

The former Liverpool left-back, arguably the better known of the Norwegian siblings, becomes Jol's second summer addition at Craven Cottage following the arrival of Hungarian goalkeeper Csaba Somogyi on Monday.

Riise brings with him a wealth of European and international experience, and knows the Barclays Premier League well having made over 230 appearances during a seven-year spell at Anfield between 2001 and 2008.

"John Arne Riise is an experienced international left back who will bring a number of qualities to our squad and provide more options for me," Jol confirmed.

"He is used to performing at the very highest level for both club and country, and is an accomplished player defensively, who can also contribute to our attacking play.

"I am extremely happy that we’ve been able to add him to our squad, and believe that he will prove a valuable addition as we progress."


The 30-year-old will return to pre-season training next week when he links up with the rest of the Fulham squad, and expressed his satisfaction at agreeing a deal.

"I’m delighted to have completed my transfer to Fulham this morning and am looking forward to playing in the Premier League once again," said the free kick specialist.

"Fulham is a club that I have been following as my brother, Bjorn plays here and he speaks very highly of the club and the staff.

"Obviously I also played against the club in the Europa league group stage when they went on to reach the final of the competition.

"I know that the club is ambitious, and continues to make good progress each year, under the guidance of the Chairman Mohamed Al Fayed. I am looking forward to working with Martin Jol and the rest of the squad when I report to training next week."

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