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Barnes claims Fulham move back on

last updated Wednesday 10th June 2009, 6:42 PM

Fulham target midfielder Giles Barnes
Fulham target midfielder
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GILES BARNES says his £2million move to Fulham is back on.

The Derby midfielder was sent back to the Midlands club at the end of the season after a string of injuries during his loan spell in west London appeared to have scuppered the deal.

But he now insists Fulham are trying to broker a permanent deal.

"I've been told that Fulham have gone back to Derby a couple of times since I returned - but it's all down to price," he said.

"If it comes off, that would be great - but I'm a Derby player and they've looked after me, and I'd be happy to stay here if it's not meant to be."

The 20-year-old arrived at Craven Cottage in January with high expectations of breaking into the first team.

However, a series of setbacks resulted in an Achilles operation in Sweden just over three weeks ago.

But Barnes is adamant Fulham won't be taking a gamble on him if they're worried about Derby's asking price.

He said: "If anything, I've worked so hard on my fitness I'm almost match ready.

"I'm running and kicking a ball already, so it would only take a few games to bring me totally up to speed."

According to the England U19 player, Fulham boss Roy Hodgson sat Barnes down and told him he was what's needed at Fulham, and - just as good - the Whites' squad are also backing his return to SW6.

Barnes said: "I spoke to Danny Murphy and he said he and the rest of the Fulham lads would be disappointed if it didn't come off.

"If you hear that from him, you know it's no empty praise.

"He also said there was nothing more that I could do to make it happen - and that's good enough for me."

Barnes points to the fact he scored four times for the reserves in the games he did play in a Fulham white shirt - and, although it was second string football, his touch was as sound as the performances that merited Hodgson's approach in the first place.

"I'm not keeping my fingers crossed, because I believe in fate," Barnes said.

"Derby have been good to me as well.

"And just playing football at a high level is everything I ever wanted."

Source Paul Warburton at London Informer
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