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West Ham will today complete their first major signing of the summer with the £5m acquisition of Swiss international Valon Behrami. The 23-year-old, who can play at right-back or the right of midfield, will sign from Lazio. Talks have been ongoing for some time for Behrami, who started all three of Switzerland's matches at Euro 2008. West Ham have beaten off interest from other clubs in England, and in Germany, to sign Behrami. The Hammers maintain the signing does not mean they will sell captain Lucas Neill, although they are expecting to receive bids for the Australia international. Neither are they prepared to offload George McCartney – even if Sunderland increase the offer of £4.5m that was recently turned down. Both players have said they want to stay at Upton Park. They will not, however, be joined by Eidur Gudjohnsen. West Ham have rejected claims that they offered £5m for the Icelandic striker – who they have tried to sign in the past – and insist they have no interest in buying him from Barcelona. The club are in the market for a new goalkeeper having allowed Richard Wright to rejoin Ipswich Town, while Robert Green's future is in doubt with the player keen on a move away from West Ham. Fulham have shown a tentative interest.

Fulham grab Gera on free transfer

Fulham have completed the free signing of midfielder Zoltan Gera from West Brom after the Hungarian today passed a medical, the London club have confirmed.

Portsmouth 0 Fulham 1: Hodgson keeps his cool as Fulham sweat their way to survival

When Mark Clattenburg finally blew his whistle to confirm Fulham's remarkable escape, the visitors' dugout erupted in joy, spilling substitutes, coaches and physios across Fratton Park to hug and kiss the players. Several minutes later a 60-year-old man emerged. He shook hands with the officials and went to the Portsmouth players one by one. Eventually, Roy Hodgson walked slowly towards his team as they celebrated in front of the travelling support.

Fulham 2 Birmingham City 0: Hodgson cautious as Fulham edge away from the trapdoor

To some this result, and the probable destiny of these two clubs, may have been decided by either a freak injury or the intervention of one of the game's more charismatic figures. Roy Hodgson, Fulham's manager, was more inclined to ascribe it to the prosaic virtues of good coaching and hard work on the training ground.

Fulham 2 Birmingham City 0: McBride's magic fuels Fulham hope of miracle as Blues slump

Joy unconfined down by the Thames. An almost skittish Roy Hodgson, belying his image as an elder statesman of the game, elatedly kicked out at a balloon as some of his players collapsed in a heap of exhaustion and delight. Anyone would think they had preserved their Premier League status. Well, they have not yet, but after this dismissal of a desperately disappointing Birmingham, it is now theirs to lose after a third win in four games – and their first back-to-back Premier League victories since September 2006 – propelled them into the safety zone.

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Fulham 0 Liverpool 2: Pennant shines to leave Fulham on brink of drop

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Fulham 1 Sunderland 3: Keane's forward push leaves Fulham going backwards, and fast

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Newcastle United 2 Fulham 0: Owen central to Keegan's strategy after triggering the 'big relaunch'

It would be misleading to report that after one win, albeit Kevin Keegan's first, that Newcastle United are as a club and a team on the verge of resurrection, but with their owner, Mike Ashley, declaring his loyalty to Keegan in the boardroom and the manager then addressing Michael Owen's contractual status, this felt like a day when Newcastle could at last start thinking about the future. That "big relaunch" the first-team coach, Terry McDermott, spoke of a fortnight ago felt more credible on Saturday.

Newcastle United 2 Fulham 0: Keegan wins at last as Owen uses head to down Fulham

Amid snowflakes on Tyneside some of Newcastle United's relegation fever began to cool yesterday. Ten games in, at last Kevin Keegan has re-experienced that winning feeling. Mark Viduka and Michael Owen delivered the goals that expanded the distance between Newcastle and second-bottom Fulham to nine points, the gap to third-bottom Bolton to six. It is hard to foresee Newcastle dropping from that position. Thus, while it was a key day for Keegan, it was a major moment for the club. Four more points may be enough to keep Newcastle up and then they can start planning for the summer and next season.

Blackburn Rovers 1 Fulham 1: Bullard's superb strike lights Fulham's way forward

Jimmy Bullard's exquisite late free-kick has provided Fulham with both their first goal and first point in four matches – and their uphill survival fight with a glimmer of hope. Only a minute remained when the former Wigan midfielder, not long back from serious knee damage, curled a 22-yard free-kick over the wall and in to deny disappointing Blackburn a third straight win.

Fulham 0 Manchester Utd 3: Three and easy as United look form horse in title race

Hargreaves opens account for new club but Fulham head towards trap door

Jimmy Bullard: 'Golf and fishing really helped me forget about my footy'

If there is one player who understands the ordeal Eduardo da Silva now faces, it is Fulham's Jimmy Bullard, who has just returned after 16 months out with a serious knee injury. He talked to the West Ham keeper Robert Green – who today makes his debut as an interviewer on the Independent sports pages

Fulham 0 West Ham United 1: Upson's defiance honours No 6 shirt

The last time Fulham emerged victorious from a league encounter with West Ham, Bobby Moore was not only captain of the Upton Park outfit but also of the recently-crowned world champions. On Saturday, Craven Cottage acknowledged the 15th anniversary of Moore's death with a minute's applause before Saturday's game. The crowd then saw the current incumbent of the famous West Ham No 6 shirt, Matthew Upson, help keep Fulham – Moore's only other English club – at bay before Nolberto Solano scored a controversial late winner for the visitors.

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