William Kvist to Fulham: The Cottagers Acquire VfB Stuttgart Midfielder on Loan

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistJanuary 30, 2014

L'VIV, UKRAINE - JUNE 13:  William Kvist of Denmark is put under pressure by Joao Moutinho of Portugal during the UEFA EURO 2012 group B match between Denmark and Portugal at Arena Lviv on June 13, 2012 in L'viv, Ukraine.  (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)
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Fulham have announced the temporary signature of Stuttgart midfielder William Kvist, who signs on loan with the West Londoners for the remainder of the 2013-14 campaign. 

The club's official Twitter account confirmed the news:

Kvist joins up with the Cottagers in a bid to provide further cover in the middle of the park, with Scott Parker and Steve Sidwell having accounted for most of the minutes in Rene Meulensteen's engine room this season.

Speaking to the Cottagers' official club website after the loan deal became official, Kvist is quoted as saying:

I’m very pleased to have got the deal done and I’m looking forward to contributing to this fantastic Club. Of course I’ve heard a lot of good things from Brede [Hangeland] and it’s been a target of mine to come here so I’m delighted to be here really.

The Premier League is the biggest league in the world. I’ve played in the Bundesliga which is also a really nice league, but this is the biggest challenge you could get as a footballer – this is the motherland of football. When I was a child I used to just watch English football on television so it’s amazing being here.

The 28-year-old has moved in an effort to come upon more playing time, his involvement at the Mercedes-Benz Arena having declined of late, following on from disappointing outings.

L'VIV, UKRAINE - JUNE 16:  In this handout image provided by UEFA, William Kvist of Denmark talks to the media during a UEFA EURO 2012 press conference at the Arena Lviv on June 16, 2012 in Lviv, Ukraine.  (Photo by Handout/UEFA via Getty Images)
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Kvist has started in 11 Bundesliga games this season, per Transfermarkt, but the midfield anchor will now seek to slip into Meulensteen's plans over the coming weeks.

The Press Association's Simon Peach indicates that the transfer window doesn't stop there for Fulham, however, with more business presumably on the horizon:

Kvist joins the Cottagers' cause at a crucial time, with the club currently 19th in the Premier League standings and currently enduring a three-match losing streak in league matters.

The Dane will seek to improve upon the presence that Derek Boateng has given, or failed to provide, since moving to Craven Cottage as a free transfer over the summer, making just three league appearances since.

For Kvist, it's the ideal opportunity to help the club out of their current lurch, the club mentioning that his contract includes an option to make the deal permanent.