Espanyol in Fredson talks

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Espanyol are trying to reach an accord with Fredson regarding a new contract for the Brazilian.

The midfielder is out of contract at the end of the season and talks have commenced in a bid to keep Fredson at Montjuic.

But early indications suggest the two parties are poles apart following the opening rounds of negotiations.

Reports claim that Fredson's agent is demanding a four-year contract, with a significant increase in salary.

The Catalan outfit, though, are only prepared to offer the midfielder a two-year deal to remain with the club he joined in 2002.

But, if a compromise can be reached, Fredson appears keen to stay with Espanyol, particularly as the club are only two points off a UEFA Champions League berth.

The 24-year-old said: "I am very happy to be playing in La Liga and, if we qualify for European competition, I want to be playing."