Wednesday 17 January 2018

Emanuelson nearing Fulham switch

Urby Emanuelson is on the brink of a move to Fulham
Urby Emanuelson is on the brink of a move to Fulham

Fulham manager Martin Jol is close to bringing in AC Milan's Urby Emanuelson and PSV right-back Stanislav Manolev.

The Whites boss has so far been frustrated in his attempts to bring in reinforcements this month, with Emmanuel Frimpong the only first-team addition. However, Fulham are closing in on a number of players as the transfer deadline approaches, including Holland international Emanuelson.

Asked if he was close to signing him, Jol nodded and said: "It is a loan until the end of the season. It is not easy to get players from AC Milan on a permanent basis. I coached him at Ajax. He is a skilful player, very agile. He is very mobile, quick. He can play left midfield, wide, play number 10 so I feel we need fresh legs."

Jol also plans to bring in a right-back to fill the void left by Stephen Kelly's departure to Reading, admitting PSV's Manolev is the man he hopes to lure.

The Dutchman, speaking after Fulham's 3-1 defeat of West Ham, also played down talk that Tottenham's Tom Huddlestone could arrive at Craven Cottage.

"I think it is awful to get a permanent transfer for someone like Tom Huddlestone on the last day," Jol said.

"I started five weeks ago and that won't happen on the last day."

Press Association

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