Fulham manager Martin Jol reiterated that he wants to hold onto both Bobby Zamora and Andy Johnson during the January transfer window.
The Dutchman was tight-lipped about the club’s transfer plans during his pre-match press conference this afternoon, but dismissed the rumours linking his strikers with moves away from Craven Cottage. Fulham have rejected offers from QPR and Blackburn Rovers for Johnson in the past couple of weeks and the former Everton striker made a match-winning impact as a substitute in the Whites’ come-from-behind defeat of Newcastle last weekend. Zamora’s departure has been the subject of frenzied speculation since reports of a rift with Jol surfaced earlier in the season, but both the England striker and Jol have insisted that are no problems between the pair.
Jol also moved to quell reports of interest in Clint Dempsey, whose has scored two hat-tricks in a fortnight:
It is quiet. We want to keep our best players. We are not encouraging bids. Clint is one of our most productive players.
Dempsey makes a difference, and hopefully that will be the case again (against Everton). But we have many options.