Fulham boss Martin Jol has once again stressed his desperation to keep hold of key defender Brede Hangeland.

The Norwegian giant is out of contract at the end of this season and will be available to leave Craven Cottage for free unless he pens a new deal.

Jol has confirmed that the 31-year-old has been offered an impressive contract to stay at the club but he is yet to make a decision.

West London rivals Queens Park Rangers are said to be at the front of the queue to snap up the experienced defender and they may even make a cheeky bid this month.

Jol is clearly worried about losing his best defender but he hopes the clubs ambitious signings such as Dimitar Berbatov and Mladen Petric could convince Hangeland that they are on the same page.

Hangeland is a fans favourite for the Whites but Jol knows that bigger clubs may well be after his signature come May.

“We will try to do everything that we are capable of to keep him,” Jol told Sky Sports.

“There is a contract and the only thing for him to do is sign it.

“Players like Brede, if they have a decent history and are playing well for their clubs, then there will always be an interest.

“I thought he was quite happy to stay here. Of course, he wanted to know the mission of the club, who is coming in because there were quite a lot of players going out.”

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