Arsenal's hopes of signing Fulham defender Brede Hangeland in the January transfer window have taken a blow following news that the Norway international is set to agree a new contract within the next two weeks.
Hangeland, who was signed by Roy Hodgson from FC Copenhagen, has been an instant hit in the Premier League, playing a key role as Fulham finished an impressive seventh last season.
Arsenal and Manchester City have both been linked with big-money moves for the 6ft 5in centre-back, but Hodgson has insisted the 28-year-old is happy at Craven Cottage and will prove it by signing a two-year extension.
Hangeland, who has two years left on his current deal, has been offered £50,000 a week, which will put him in the same wage bracket as captain Danny Murphy.
"As far as we're concerned we want Brede Hangeland to stay with us here," Hodgson said. "We are going to be as desperate as a club can be to hold onto him.
"In the meantime the speculation will be abounding and we will get on with the job and try not to be too disturbed by them. He is happy here at Fulham and not desperately seeking a move elsewhere."
Hangeland has played 10 games in the Premier League and Champions League this season, picking up one yellow card.
Arsenal have long been linked with Hangeland although the impressive early season form of Thomas Vermaelen might have seen them drop their interest.