Fulham striker Pavel Pogrebnyak happy to stay where he is

Star striker Pavel Pogrebnyak has insisted that he is happy at Fulham and would be ready to sign a permanent deal.

The Russia international joined Fulham on a short-term contract from Stuttgart in January and scored five goals in his first three games.

Manager Martin Jol says he is desperate to keep the 28-year-old, who in turn admits he would be happy to continue his working relationship with the Dutchman.

'I need a coach like Jol and would love to stay in England and continue to work with him,' he said.

'A conversation with the club's leadership will be held in the near future. The English game is faster than in Germany, and there are a lot of battles. But I think I've got used to it.'

While Pogrebnyak prepares to face City tomorrow, striker Andy Johnson is a doubtful starter. He missed the 1-0 defeat at Manchester United on Monday with a knee injury and was replaced in the starting eleven by Kerim Frei.

Defender Jon Arne Riise said Fulham were determined to bounce back from three successive defeats by beating the Canaries.

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'It was vital we put in a strong performance against United because, as I said, the last game we played badly at home against Swansea so we really wanted to play a good game on Monday, especially ahead of the game against Norwich,' he said.

'So we did that but we lost so we want to put things straight on Saturday and we'll be aggressive, be strong and show the fans what we can do again because we know we're good at home.'

Meanwhile, Fulham youngster Alex Kacaniklic has been recalled from his loan spell at Watford and could be in line to face the Canaries.

The 20-year-old Kacaniklic made 12 appearances for Watford, scoring on his debut away to Millwall. Earlier this month, the winger scored again as Watford came from behind to beat Burnley at Vicarage Road.

After confirming the Swedish winger's return to Craven Cottage, Hornets manager Sean Dyche spoke of the promise Kacaniklic had displayed during his time at Watford.

'I think this loan has gone very well for Alex as an individual and us as a team,' said Dyche. 'He bacame more and more of an influence for us the more used to Championship football he got.

'I kept impressing at the time we got him that he'd not played a competitive match in his career to that point – so I think he's developed really well. We wish him well with his future at Fulham.'

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