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 Posted by ESPN Staff
Feb 22, 2008

Cottagers won't allow Healy to be loaned

Fulham manager Roy Hodgson has decided against sending out-of-favour striker David Healy out on loan despite having brought in three other front-men in the January transfer window. Skipper Brian McBride is also available again after a long-term knee injury. Former Inter Milan and Blackburn boss Hodgson has almost completely remodelled the Fulham side since replacing Lawrie Sanchez at the turn of the year in a desperate bid to avoid relegation. But ahead of tomorrow's must-win London derby at home to West Ham Hodgson gives the distinct impression of keeping most of his well-stocked playing staff on board for the rest of the campaign. Defender Ian Pearce has joined Southampton on loan but Healy, who scored five goals in 19 appearances for former manager Sanchez, is staying with Hodgson - for the time being at least. Hodgson said: 'There has been an inquiry for David but I've decided not to let him go at the moment. That could change with circumstances but he is a goalscorer and may still come in useful for us.' Hodgson's judgement is no doubt also coloured by the fact he is still trying to push through a deal for Rangers' Gabon striker Daniel Cousin whose move is being held up while FIFA consider whether to grant him special dispensation to join a third club in a season having also turned out for Lens in France. But Clint Dempsey, Hameur Bouazza and newcomers Eddie Johnson and Erik Nevland are also battling for a front-line place with fit-again McBride and Healy in a side that has been lining up 4-5-1 lately under Hodgson.

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