Posted On Thursday, 18th April 2013
Fulham boss Martin Jol has restated the need to seal a permanent deal for Ghana international Emmanuel Frimpong to shore up his diminishing midfield.
The Cottagers are desperate to renew or sign permanently several of its players whose contracts expire this summer.
Frimpong is set to return to Arsenal with his six-month loan deal expiring at the end of the campaign.
He joins a long list of midfielders who have their contracts up this summer.
Steve Sidwell remains the only player in the Fulham midfield to be on a long-term deal with the likes of Giorgos Karagounis, Mahamadou Diarra, Chris Baird and Simon Davies yet to renew their contracts.
Manager Martin Jol wants the situation quickly sorted out to get his team especially the midfield set way ahead in time.
“If you look at the defence, I think we are fine. If you look at the midfield, I think Steve Sidwell is probably the only one left if you think of all the players we had six or seven months ago,” he said.
“Up front, Mladen Petric we will talk to him as he is on a one-year deal (which expires). Sascha Riether we have an option in his loan (to make it permanent) and we will probably take that.
“For the rest, I don’t see any problem but in midfield we can do something because there is only one or two left.
“Karagounis is also on a one-year deal so Sidwell is probably the only one who is on a long-term contract.”