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Groningen forward Nevland won't strike over Fulham hold-up

Erik Nevland will not go on strike in order to secure a move to Fulham, after Groningen rejected the latest bid for the striker.

Cottagers boss Roy Hodgson is keen to bring the Norwegian forward to England and the clubs met at Schiphol Airport on Friday evening, but a deal was not struck and Groningen have indicated a deal will not happen.

"The first offer of Fulham amounted to £800,000," stated Groningen general director Hans Nijland. "We said that was inadequate.

"Eventually, Fulham went further to £1 million, but we find that insufficient.

"For that amount we cannot find a good substitute at such short notice and we cannot justify the sale to our supporters.

"Fulham have indicated that the negotiations are now closed."

The news has not sat well with Nevland, who stated: "The offer Fulham have made is high enough."

Nevland's team-mate Bruno Silva went on strike after Groningen denied him the chance to sign for Ajax, and eventually got his way, but the forward will not go down the same path.

"I will not react in the same way as Bruno Silva, even if that seems the best way to get a move."

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