LOS ANGELES – Fulham manager Martin Jol has confirmed that John Arne Riise is close to completing a move from Roma to Craven Cottage.
The Norway and former Liverpool left-back is due to undergo a medical with Fulham, suggesting terms have been agreed with the Serie A club.
"He's coming for a medical. If that's okay, we've got ourselves a very good player," Jol said after Fulham had secured their progress into the second qualifying round of the Europa League.
Riise's younger brother Bjorn Helge Riise is already on the books at Fulham and came off the bench in Thursday night's goalless draw with NSI Runavik.
Fulham, who won the first leg 3-0, failed to capitalise on a flurry of first-half chances against the Faroe Island part-timers - but they will meet the Crusaders from Northern Ireland next Thursday.
"It's not easy playing here but I feel if you create six or seven chances in the first half you should score," Jol added on the club's website.
"In the first half we had seven or eight good chances and we have to be more productive and eager to score. In the second half I think we only had two chances which weren't enough.
"We have to get fitter and more creative and come up with solutions. In this sort of game you need players that can make a difference and we didn't have that today.
"Defensively we were sound and we didn't concede, which is important but they did have one chance at the end. Technically you can see the difference between the players but they did well today."