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Johnson close to new Fulham deal

Fulham manager Martin Jol is hopeful striker Andrew Johnson will soon pen a new deal with the west London club.

Johnson, 30, has a current contract which runs out at the end of the season, leading to recent speculation linking him with a move away from Craven Cottage. It is understood QPR and Blackburn both made bids for Johnson during the January transfer window, although a move never materialised.

However, Jol says he is pleased to still have the former England international on board and believes he is close to signing a new deal.

"There was an inquiry from one or two clubs so we had to make a decision on that," Jol said.

"I said to Andy you will stay here whatever happens and that probably wasn't ideal for him, but it was good for me because we can now get on with the job and hopefully he can play for us and score goals.

"It is more to do with his situation. His contract is up at the end of the season and he is a bit insecure about his future. But I don't think there is any problem with him so we will find a solution. And I think he wants to stay as well."

"We have made him an offer a couple of times and in the latest stage we even offered him what he wanted and that was two and a half years. So we are close. The sticking point was a year difference."

Meanwhile, Johnson will miss this weekend's trip to Manchester City with a groin injury.

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