Hodgson expects Zamora bids

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Fulham manager Roy Hodgson admits he may have to fight off bids from several clubs for top scorer Bobby Zamora in the January transfer window.

Zamora, who rejected a move to Hull last summer, has scored six in his last seven games and his manager admits he is likely to have a fight on his hands to keep the Londoner at Craven Cottage.

"I'm sure he would attract attention because as I have said before, there are not so many players of that type playing in the Premier League and there are even fewer English ones playing in the Premier League," said Hodgson.

"We used to produce a lot of big, strong target-playing type centre-forwards and we were always lamenting the fact that we didn't have the little, quick, tricky ones to play off them.

"Now it seems there is a dearth of target men so I wouldn't be at all surprised if we have calls for Bobby."

Despite finding the net only four times, Hodgson kept faith with Zamora throughout most of last season.

The 62-year-old does not believe the 6ft striker owes him any debt of gratitude but is nevertheless determined to keep hold of the former England Under-21 international.

"We'll tell those that do bid, hopefully, that he is not for sale and we want to keep him here and we hope he wants to stay with us as well," said Hodgson.

"I don't know that players owe coaches. That would be a new one on the agenda. I think coaches owe players, but players do not owe coaches."

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