Belfast Telegraph

Fulham deny Schwarzer claims

Fulham have denied reports that goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer has handed in a transfer request.

The Cottagers' number one has been the subject of speculation linking him with a summer move across London to Barclays Premier League rivals Arsenal, who had a £2million bid for the former Middlesbrough man rejected earlier this summer.

Reports on Wednesday morning suggested that the 37-year-old was ready to demand a move away from Craven Cottage but a Fulham spokeswoman denied those reports, saying: "The club has not received a transfer request from Mark Schwarzer. Mark is under contract with us until the summer of 2011 and the manager has underlined his commitment to keep hold of his best players."

Schwarzer excelled between the posts for Fulham last season and would provide stern competition for inconsistent stoppers Lukasz Fabianski and Manuel Almunia at Emirates Stadium.

Meanwhile, Fulham are waiting on medical results to determine how long Phillipe Senderos will be out of action for.

Reports in the Swiss media suggest that Senderos, who joined from Arsenal on a free transfer this summer, could be out for up to six months after rupturing his Achilles tendon in training with Fulham.

Manager Mark Hughes could be forced into the transfer market for a replacement if Senderos' absence turns out to be lengthy.

Brede Hangeland, who is also reportedly a target for Arsenal, and Aaron Hughes are the only other recognised centre halves at the club after Chris Smalling left for Manchester United in a £10million deal this summer.

Hughes, who has so far has not signed anyone ahead of Saturday's curtain-raiser against Bolton, has been linked with a move for Benfica defender Rafik Halliche.


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