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Fulham want one or two new signings

Martin Jol is looking to round out his squad

By | 22nd July 2013
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Fulham manager Martin Jol is keen to see two new additions to his side to complete the roster for the 2013-14 campaign, the Dutch manager told after a pre-season tour penalty shootout triumph. After recent seasons saw top players depart from Craven Cottage, the club is looking to shake off adversity and add players to the squad in hopes to challenge for a top eight finish. Jol will have the backing of new owner Shahid Khan, who promised funds to bring in quality players.

“We are still looking for one or two players to make it 100 percent, you saw 22, 23 players and they did their best,” he said in the interview.

The Cottagers were put in a tough position last season after losing multiple talented players to transfer, injury, and suspension, leaving the Premiership side exposed and out of any European qualification. Jol is looking to add extra depth to squad this summer as he looks to avoid these issues again in order to have a successful season.

“We would like to be in the top 10. We were a bit unlucky last year because we missed a lot of players – Mousa Dembele went, then of course top scorer Clint Dempsey went and Danny Murphy, then Mahamadou Diarra was injured,” Jol said.

“Steve Sidwell was suspended for seven games, so it was too much probably on the shoulders of Bryan and I feel this year will be our year again as we have good quality and I feel that we are very positive.”

Fulham have already done some business in the transfer market, bringing in no less than four new transfers. This group, highlighted by the additions of keeper Maarten Stekelenburg, center back Fernando Amorebieta, and defensive midfielder Derek Boateng, will be counted on to contribute to the aspiring side in the coming season.

The purchase of Fulham by American-Pakistani business man Khan has given the Craven Cottage faithful hope not only with additional funds to invest in the squad, but also to end the reign of Mohamed Al Fayed, the last chairman of the club. Al Fayed, who had run the club since 1997, will not be forgotten, though, after taking Fulham from League Two to the Premiership in an impressive four years.

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