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By ESPN Staff
Jan 30, 2007

Fulham unlikely to land Montella permanently

Fulham manager Chris Coleman says it is unlikely he will be able to make striker Vincenzo Montella's move to Craven Cottage a permanent one.

The Italian is due to spend the rest of the campaign on loan from Roma and he has already made an instant impact at the club.

He scored on his full debut for the club against Stoke in the FA Cup - notching his fourth goal in three matches.

But with Montella on top wages at Roma, Coleman says the chances of luring him to west London on a permanent deal are slim.

Coleman, preparing his side for tonight's difficult clash with Sheffield United at Bramall Lane, added: 'He has a long lucrative contract at Roma and we know he has got to go back at the end of the season.

'He is here because he wants to play football and sample living in London, and we are glad to have him.

'Vincenzo has scored goals wherever he has been and everybody knows about him. There were several clubs after him when he couldn't get into Roma's team, which had Francesco Totti as a lone striker.

'He has fitted in very well in the dressing room, the players and the crowd love him and he's every inch a professional in all he does.

'He has not been back to Italy yet since he arrived and he's going to an interpreter three times a week to learn English.'

Meanwhile, Fulham's victory over Stoke in the FA Cup fourth round at the weekend has earned them a home tie against rivals Tottenham in the last 16.

Striker Tomasz Radzinski is determined to keep their cup run going as the prospect of playing in the first final at the new Wembley looms ever closer.

Radzinski, also on the scoresheet against Stoke, added: 'There are only 16 teams left so the serious cup business begins now.

'The manager put his strongest team on the field against Stoke because he wants to go further in this competition.

'Speaking to the guys during the warm-down they all said that anything can happen in the last 16. It would be great to play at Wembley, I've never had the chance and now we have an opportunity to play in this fantastic new stadium.

'The first final at the new Wembley is going to be a historic moment.

'I don't think I've ever been this far in the FA Cup so I definitely want to keep this run going.'