• Premier League

Jol wants to go January shopping

ESPN staff
December 8, 2012
Martin Jol's Fulham have not won a game since October © PA Photos

Fulham manager Martin Jol will be dipping into the transfer market in January as he has lost a number of key players, including Moussa Dembele, Clint Dempsey and Danny Murphy.

Fulham have not won a match since mid-October and, while injuries and suspensions have had an impact on the squad, the club are in need of more depth.

Jol brought in free agents Giorgos Karagounis and Mickael Tavares after the summer window closed and will now be looking to add to his side again once the transfer window opens.

"If you would have told me in May that in December Bryan Ruiz won't be there through injury, Moussa Dembele and Clint Dempsey had gone, I would have thought it would be almost impossible," Jol said.

"Luckily enough we brought in some quality players but they play up front most of the time, like Dimitar Berbatov, Mladen Petric, Ashkan Dejagah and Hugo Rodallega.

"Of course we will always look to strengthen, but the January transfer period is not an ideal one. The good players will stay at their clubs or you can't afford them because clubs are asking too much money, but we will come up with something. We always look to strengthen the squad because we lost players."

Midfielder Mahamadou Diarra's form at Fulham has seen him return to the national team set-up, meaning he may well soon be heading to the African nations Cup, and Jol believes he will be a big miss.

"We'll look to strengthen the squad because if Diarra goes I can do nothing about it," Jol said. "As it is now he will go to the African Nations Cup. He was so good for me last year because a lot of older players left the club. He changed the dressing room.

"I can remember him when he was 18 he was a revelation. He started in Crete and then came to Holland with Vitesse. There won't be a lot of players in Europe who will stay at Real Madrid for five years so that is how good he is. It was a gamble because he was 30 so it's important to keep him fit."

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