Hodgson keen on Shorey stay

Fulham manager Roy Hodgson has confirmed that he is keen to sign defender Nicky Shorey on a permanent basis when his loan stay at Craven Cottage runs out.

The 28-year-old England international left-back has joined the Cottagers from Aston Villa and has already impressed in his two appearances for Hodgson's side.

"A price has been put on Nicky's head if, at the end of the loan period, he wants to stay and we certainly want to keep him.

"He's a player we considered many times.

"When he was at Reading we were interested, but the price and wages he could command took him out of our reach and he went to Aston Villa."

Meanwhile, Hodgson was happy with the spirit and determination shown by his side during their 0-0 draw at Bolton Wanderers.

He added on the club's official website:"It was a tough one for us – I thought Bolton did what they do well.

"There seemed to be an awful lot of projectiles flying towards the penalty area and we had to stand firm and rely very heavily of course on our outstanding goalkeeper to come and punch and catch the ball.

"They hit it forward into the area so often that I thought it was a war of attrition for large parts of the game.

"That's the way the game pans out here and if you want to get something from the game you have to accept that and make sure you don't succumb."

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