Teammate expects Hangeland to join Arsenal if deal is offered
New Fulham midfielder Bjorn Helge Riise insists his countryman Brede Hangeland would not turn down a move to Arsenal should Wenger come calling.
Helge Riise – brother of former Liverpool man John Arne Riise – feels his Norweigian teammate could end a long summer of speculation once “a big club” makes a move.
Hangeland only joined Fulham 18-months ago but following a solid campaign last year, some of England’s top sides have been keeping tabs on the 28-year-old.
Arsene Wenger confirmed his interest in the lanky defender on Friday saying: “We have had a look at him, yes. We have not contacted Fulham, not contacted Hangeland, not made our choice on him or anybody else.”
Fulham have reportedly slapped a £15 million price tag on the player since then, but one of Hangeland’s colleagues has hinted the man who scored against Arsenal last August is likely to accept a proposal from the Gunners.
“If a big club like Arsenal make an offer for him, I think he will take it. But I do hope he stays with Fulham as well.” Riise told Sky Sports News.
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