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Zoltan Gera transfering to Fulham

last updated Thursday 05th June 2008, 9:50 AM
Zoltan Gera
Zoltan Gera
WEST Bromwich Albion were today preparing for life without Zoltan Gera with the Hungarian set to make a surprise move to Fulham after rejecting Portsmouth.

The 29-year-old was expected to complete a free transfer to Fratton Park but he has apparently turned it down after being enticed by the prospect of a move to west London.

Gera's decision is not due to be announced until next week but his agent Sam Stapleton revealed yesterday that the player had already made up his mind.

Stapleton did not reveal Gera's final destination but I understand that the player has agreed terms with Roy Hodgson's men.

And one reason for the delay in the announcement is due to a management restructure at Craven Cottage

Gera had offers on the table from FA Cup winners Pompey and fellow Uefa Cup qualifiers Everton.

Bolton Wanderers - managed by Gary Megson, who brought Gera to Albion four years ago - also came in with a bid.

Gera's decision to join Fulham will certainly raise eyebrows, not least as the Londoners only just survived last season and are expected to be among the strugglers next year.

However the practicalities are that Gera will be set-up for life by the lucrative deal awaiting him at Fulham, not least that it may be the final contract he signs in England.

Albion, for whom Gera made 154 appearances, are already braced for his departure, claiming a deal had been offered long ago and, crucially, been improved since the club's promotion.

Chairman Jeremy Peace said: "After lengthy discussions, we made Zoltan what we regarded as a full and very attractive offer last October.

"Zoltan decided not to take up that offer, which has remained on the table all season.

"We have since reviewed the terms of our offer to reflect the part he played in the club’s promotion to the Premiership.

"We understand from his representative that Zoltan has received substantial offers from other clubs, but we have now tabled the best deal the club can make and we await his decision."

Source Chris Lepkowski at Birmingham Mail
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