Premier League defender could be subject of Arsenal and Liverpool bidding war in January

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Morten Gamst Pedersen believes it is only a matter of time before Brede Hangeland leaves Fulham for Arsenal or Liverpool.

Hangeland has been linked with a move away from the West Londoners for a while now but has so far been loyal to his employers.

Arsenal were the one team that were repeatedly interested, although Roy Hodgson-managed Liverpool were also linked at one point.

The Gunners brought Laurent Koscielny and Sebastien Squillaci to the Emirates Stadium in the summer to ease their defensive worries.

However, Arsene Wenger will have a £50 million warchest in January and he is likely to target a centre back yet again but will face competition from Liverpool.

Hangeland’s compatriot Pedersen believes that his country’s captain deserves a move to a bigger club anf Arsenal would fit that bill.

The Norweigian told Sky Sports: “It is no shock clubs like Arsenal have been linked with him. I think it is only a matter of time before one of those clubs buys him.

"There was talk about whether he would go with Roy Hodgson to Liverpool. He is a fantastic player and a fantastic person. I think that he will get a bigger club.

"He is happy at Fulham. But he is a professional and if he continues performing like he has been, it is hard to see him not being hunted by a big club."

Hangeland will go down as one of Hodgson’s best bargain buys when the former Inter Milan boss utilized his Scandinavian contacts and brought him to the Premier League from FC Copenhagen in 2008 for just £2.5 million.

And there could be a battle for his signature as Hodgson has managed the 28-year-old while at both Viking and Fulham and would love to bring him to Anfield.

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