Coleman desperate for Steed
By Phil Jackson
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Chris Coleman is desperate to keep Steed Malbranque at Fulham.
Chris Coleman is desperate to keep Steed Malbranque at Fulham, in his quest to make the Londoners a top 10 club.
Captain Luis Boa Morte and midfielder Papa Bouba Diop have already committed their long-term futures to the side, but Malbranque is yet to agree fresh terms.
Fulham's prize asset has increasingly been the subject of transfer speculation and Coleman has revealed just how important the 26-year-old is to his Craven Cottage outfit.
"Steed's people are coming in to talk to us," Coleman stated. "We're desperate to keep him.
"He's got a year left and we're desperate to get him on a longer contract.
"I think we can do things at Fulham, especially with the transfer funds being made available.
"If we can hang on to our best players and keep adding, we can become a top-10 club," he said.
On loan Wayne Bridge is another member of Coleman's squad he would love to keep at Craven Cottage, but his club Chelsea will have the final say on the 25-year-old's future.
The England left back had a torrid time in Fulham's 1-0 win over Wigan Athletic, but looks set for a World Cup place because of the lack of competition in that position.
Tottenham Hotspur have also been linked to the former Southampton player.