McBride set for new deal
By Peter ORourke
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Fulham boss Chris Coleman expects to extend Brian McBride's contract next month.Fulham boss Chris Coleman expects to extend Brian McBride's contract next month.
McBride's existing deal expires at the end of the season and as yet no talks have taken place over a new one.
The American international has enjoyed a fine season to date with Fulham, scoring nine goals, and Cottagers boss Chris Coleman is keen to tie him down to a new long-term contract.
"Brian has been fantastic. We'll be sitting down with him in the first week of January to make sure we keep him," said Coleman.
"He wants to stay and we want to keep him. He's a terrific, terrific player.
"The fans absolutely adore him for obvious reasons and he's a manager's dream. He trains like a true professional and when he's on the pitch he gives everything.
"Sometimes when he comes off the pitch he looks like he's been in a bar brawl with cuts and bruises everywhere, but that's the way he plays.
"Brian doesn't like the limelight. He's a family man who loves his football.
"He's fantastic in the dressing room and the rest of the guys love him. He just gets on with his job."
Meanwhile, Coleman has admitted he expects to tie up a move for New Zealand international Simon Elliott when the transfer window reopens.
As revealed by skysports.com earlier this month, Fulham are in talks to sign the Columbus Crew ace, who is available on a free transfer.
"The negotiations with Simon are going well," added Coleman.
"We played against Columbus Crew in pre-season and I'd watched him before then. He's an experienced midfielder who would add quality to the squad."