No Hammers deal for Pogatetz

Experienced midfielders Giorgos Karagounis and Simon Davies are

set to leave Fulham this summer.

The contracts for both midfielders are due to expire at the end

of the season, and they are not being offered fresh deals.

The 36-year-old Karagounis joined the club on a free transfer in

September and has played over 20 league games, becoming a firm

fans’ favourite.

“It is most likely that Sunday will be the last game that

Giorgos will play for Fulham,” his agent, Paschalis Tountouris,

told Goal.

“He’s had a terrific year and the Premier league was a great

experience. There would be options for him to stay in England and

would consider any challenges that may be available.

“It’s very good that the fans of Fulham have recognised his

contributions this season to vote him as the second best player and

he will always have them in his heart.”

Davies, 33, is moving on after six successful seasons at Craven

Cottage which have seen him play over 150 games – but recently he

has been dogged by injury.

“The thing with Simon is as long as I was here he was never

fully-fit for more than two or three weeks, and that’s a problem,”

said Fulham boss Martin Jol.

“When he was fit he was a wonderful player but if he’s not fit

we’ve got a problem, so we’ve got to sit down with him and talk

about it.

“We will look after Simon and, of course, he can stay here as

long as he needs to get fit, but it’s about him as well. He has to

make his mind up about his own fitness and if he wants to play

again.”

Fulham have already moved to bring in new midfield

reinforcements as they are set to confirm the signing of Ghana

international Derek Boateng on a free transfer.

Austria international Pogatetz joined from German side Wolfsburg

during January’s transfer window on a loan deal until the end of

the season.

Pogatetz has made only a handful of appearances with the Hammers

though, mainly as a substitute, and Allardyce has decided he will

not be looking to retain the 30-year-old.

Allardyce said ahead of West Ham’s final Premier League match at

home to Reading on Sunday, according to the London club’s Twitter

account:

“We’ve already said to Pogatetz thanks very much, he’s been a

fantastic professional but it won’t be extended, and we’ll decide

on the others after the game.”