Striker Pavel Pogrebnyak has confirmed that he is in talks with Fulham over a permanent contract at the club but he has also suggested that, if no deal can be reached, he will not be afraid to agree terms with another English side.
The Russian has now met up with his national side ahead of the European Championships but he has admitted that he would like to tie something up with Fulham - or any other Premier League club for that matter - by the time Russia play their first game of the tournament on Friday. That now seems unlikely, but Pogrebnyak has at least stated that his preferred destination is the hallowed turf of Craven Cottage.
Most Fulham fans will be pleased with such confirmation, what with the forward's impressive first season in England. He only joined in January but his impressed hugely with his physical presence, sublime touch and eye for a goal. He managed six of the latter in his short stint here.
"After three or four months, I feel that I have found my place in England and I want to play in this league," Pogrebnyak told Sport-Express.
"I feel great desire and strength inside me and my age will not work against me.
"We couldn't agree anything with Fulham so far, but I hope everything will be alright.
"If I don't play for Fulham, I hope to find another team.
"It would be good to sort this out before the European Championship, because there is a risk there. Anything could happen, and if you get injured then no-one will want to sign you."