Fulham transfers: Martin Jol refuses to pay ‘over the odds’ for targets

Fulham transfers: Martin Jol says he won't pay "over the odds" to bring his top targets to Craven Cottage in January

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Martin Jol's men are in 13th position Photo: Back Page Images

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Martin Jol has insisted that Fulham won’t pay “over the odds” to bring in their top targets during the January transfer window.

The 57-year-old snapped up FC Twente’s Chris David for an undisclosed fee earlier this month but is yet to make any further additions, with the Cottagers linked to Birmingham City goalkeeper Jack Butland.

Meanwhile, Republic of Ireland defender Stephen Kelly has completed a move to Reading from Fulham, while Mark Schwarzer’s back-up David Stockdale has joined Hull City on loan.

Jol admitted Fulham are continuing to struggle to attract ‘top players’ to Craven Cottage, with the Dutchman having to think outside the box in his search for potential signings.

“Top players won’t come to Fulham as they will do well for their own clubs,” said Jol.

“So we have to pay over the odds and we can’t do that and we won’t do that. You have to wait for the odd surprise.

“We want to strengthen the squad but the market is not a good one.

“We get all the players that are not doing well and you have to take them when they are struggling.

“We want to be like pioneers and adventurers but it’s not easy.

“We don’t have the resources of Chelsea so we have to do our job properly to get these players.”

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