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Fulham are closing in on signing of Alexander Madlung from Wolfsburg

Alexander Madlung: Surplus to requirements at Wolfsburg

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Sky Sports understands that Fulham are closing in on the signing of Wolfsburg defender Alexander Madlung.

Manager Martin Jol is keen to add to his defensive options, and currently only has Brede Hangeland, Aaron Hughes and, Phillippe Senderos as central defenders.

"It is thought that the Bundesliga club will not require a fee for the defender's services in an effort to reduce their wage bill"

Madlung, who has two international caps for Germany, has fallen out of favour at the Volkswagen Arena and is out of contract in the summer. He moved to Wolfsburg from Hertha Berlin in 2006 and has made over 150 appearances for the club, helping them to the Bundesliga title in 2009.

It is thought that the Bundesliga club will not require a fee for the defender's services in an effort to reduce their wage bill.

Madlung scored against Fulham at Craven Cottage in the first leg of their Europa League quarter final in 2010.