Stockdale off to Championship

Stockdale has been linked with a move to the Liberty Stadium, but

the Cottagers have ruled out allowing him to join a Premier League

club as they cannot insert a 24-hour recall clause in the deal.

That means the 25-year-old will have to drop down a level if he

wants to secure regular first-team football. Fulham goalkeeping

coach Hans Segers told the Fulham and Hammersmith Chronicle: “There

are quite a few clubs interested and I can see something happening

in the next few days. “I’m waiting for confirmation from one of the

clubs.” Stockdale will be allowed to depart on loan as Martin Jol

has already recruited a back-up shot-stopper in the shape of

Hungarian keeper Csaba Somogyi. The 26-year-old’s move on a free

transfer from Budapest outfit Rakospalotai EAC was confirmed by

Segers after Saturday’s friendly against AFC Wimbledon. Segers

said: “Somogyi’s signed for us now. I had him on a five-day trial

and he made a very good impression. That means we can lend David

Stockdale out because he needs to be playing every week. “It’s a

big step up for Somogyi because he was playing in the Hungarian

second division but he’s a very good goalkeeper.” Meanwhile, Jol

should tie up the transfer of former Liverpool left-back John Arne

Riise after the Roma man undergoes a medical on Monday. Jol told

the Chronicle: “He had a very good season and I’m very pleased a

player like him has joined us.”