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Liverpool and Arsenal eye Norwegian bargain

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Fulham defender Brede Hangeland is attracting interest from Arsenal and Liverpool, according to talkSPORT.

The 31-year-old has entered the final 12 months of his contract at Craven Cottage, and with Martin Jol yet to open negotiations over a new deal, could leave the club on a free transfer next summer.

Anfield has been mentioned as a potential destination for the Norwegian international, with Jamie Carragher looking ever closer to retirement.

Hangeland's ability on the ball would also fit in with Brendan Rodgers' football philosophy, so it would be no surprise to see him plying his trade on Merseyside next season.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has also been credited with an interest in Hangeland in the past, and may rival Liverpool for his signature if it becomes clear he will not sign a new deal with Fulham.

Arsenal have improved considerably in defence this campaign, and with the likes of Per Mertesacker, Thomas Vermaelen and Laurent Koscielny currently vying for a place in Wenger's starting XI, competition for places at the Emirates Stadium is as strong as ever.

Fulham would be foolish to let a player that has served their club with such distinction over the past four years leave, but failure to reach agreement will mean he is free to talk to foreign clubs when the transfer window reopens in January.

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