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Fulham boss Martin Jol plans to strengthen his squad in the January transfer window as he looks to build a team capable of competing with the likes of Arsenal and Spurs.

The Whites have had an impressive start to the campaign and sit in ninth spot after 12 games, despite losing key players Clint Dempsey, Mousa Dembele, Pavel Pogrebnyak, Andy Johnson and Danny Murphy in the summer.

The Dutchman has brought in stellar signing Dimitar Berbatov as well as freebies Mladen Petric and Hugo Rodallega, but still has cash to spend following the sales of Dempsey and Dembele to London rivals Spurs.

And Jol said he is on the lookout for players who can add to his squad, with Norwegian defender Vegard Forren reported to be among his targets.

He said: “It’s a cliche but we always look for players who can strengthen our team.

“I want to build a top team and that needs a very good footballing side that can compete with the likes of Spurs, Arsenal and Everton.”

Jol admits he is hoping to avoid a repeat of the last transfer window which saw Dempsey and Dembele depart in the final few days, leaving him with a race against time to bring in replacements.

“That would be fantastic because then you can strengthen your squad,” he added.

“If you don’t know what will happen three days before the end of the transfer window then you’ve got a problem like we had.

“But nothing is what it seems because after that we’ve been doing better than before.”