Boa Morte gets captain's role

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Chris Coleman has handed Luis Boa Morte the captaincy in a further show of his resolve to keep the winger at Fulham.

Boa Morte has been chased all summer by Newcastle United but The Magpies have not offered a suitable sum for the Portugal international.

Speculation has suggested Newcastle will return with an increased bid before the close of the transfer window as Graeme Souness looks to land one of his top targets.

Fulham boss Coleman has repeatedly vowed to keep Boa Morte at Craven Cottage and steadfastly refuses to sell the attacker.

Coleman has rewarded Boa Morte for his own commitment by giving the player the captain's armband for this season.

Boa Morte's first game in his new role was Saturday's 0-0 draw with Birmingham and Coleman insists it is not solely a decision based on convincing the wide man to stay in the capital.

"I've been thinking all summer about giving Boa Morte the captaincy," said Coleman.

"It's not just some ploy to get him to stay at the club.

"Newcastle have not come up with anything near enough for him.

"With every day that passes he's worth another million because we have less time to find a replacement.

"I know everyone has a price but I'm extremely confident that we will not be letting another player go in this transfer window."