Portugal forward Luis Boa Morte has turned down an approach from Newcastle to commit himself to Fulham until 2008, the London club have confirmed.

Fulham boss Chris Coleman was relieved the Portuguese striker had oped to remain at Craven Cottage.

“I am delighted that after lengthy negotiations that Luis has signed an extension to his contract,” Coleman said.

“I have made no secret of Boa’s importance to the squad and obviously after the speculation that has surrounded the last few weeks I am even more happy that we have finally managed to put pen to paper.”

Newcastle revealed their interest in signing Boa Morte last week, but Fulham were adamant that they wanted the striker to stay.

Boa Morte added: “I have been at Fulham for a number of years now and I enjoy my football here.

“I am happy that we have reached an agreement to enable me to remain a Fulham player and I am looking forward to the remainder of the season.”