Who is Fulham's new midfield signing William Kvist?

Fulham Craven Cottage

The Danish midfielder has signed on loan from VFB Stuttgart on loan for the rest of the season to boost the Cottagers' numbers in the middle third.

Fulham are geared up for a busy deadline day with as many as five or six players potentially arriving and departures also a possibility from Craven Cottage.

Konstantinos Mitroglou, Ryan Tunnicliffe, Larnell Cole and Lewis Holtby are all likely to join Rene Meulensteen's revolution at Craven Cottage before the 11pm deadline, but the first of a possible raft of signings was secured today, when the club tied up a move for VFB Stuttgart's William Kvist.

The Danish midfielder joins on loan for the rest of the season to help shore up the Cottagers' ranks in midfield and provides an alternative to the increasingly over-used Scott Parker and Steven Sidwell.

Here are five facts on Fulham's new signing...

Good with his hands as well as his feet:

The 28-year-old was a keen handball player growing up as a child and, in the 1996-1997 campaign, he won Danish youth championships in both of his two chosen sports.

The next Rory Delap:

With experience of playing handball, Kvist has become well-renowned for his long throw-ins, which have drawn comparisons with former Stoke City throw-in specialist Delap. 

The ultimate utility man:

Kvist started out at FC Copenhagen in 2004 and in his infant stages with the Danish outfit made most of his appearances at right-back before harnessing his talents in central defence, on the left flank and in central midfield, where he now primarily operates.

Denmark's leading light:

Kvist, who has become a key figure in the Denmark national side, was rewarded for his consistent performances with his country by being awarded the Danish Football Player of the Year in 2010, when he was also crowned the Danish Superliga Player of the Year, and in 2011. Kvist was part of both Denmark squads at the 2010 World Cup and 2012 European Championships.

Familiar faces:

Kvist will link up once again with Brede Hangeland, the Fulham skipper, after playing alongside the Norwegian central defender in the Champions League with FC Copenhagen.

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