Thursday 23 November 2017

Jol close to Fulham switch

Jonathan Liew

MARTIN JOL has taken another step towards leaving Ajax for Fulham after reiterating his desire to leave the Dutch club in a meeting with the board.

Ajax finally agreed to meet Fulham's chief executive Alistair Mackintosh for the first time in Amsterdam yesterday, but are still determined to cling on to Jol's services, even though the former Tottenham manager has already told them he wants to join Fulham.

Jol's frustration was clear after a friendly win against Rijnburgse Boys, when he criticised the club for allowing key players to leave.

"We have lost some good players and no one is coming in," he said. "I fear for the future of Ajax in this position. I see teams buying players and that is what Ajax should be doing."

Reports in Holland suggest that Jol may already have agreed a deal with Fulham worth up to £2m a year. However, even if a deal has been thrashed out in principle, Jol is unable to sign it until Ajax consent to release him, and at present they appear intent on retaining their manager, who has two years left on his present deal.

In a last-ditch attempt to persuade Jol to stay, they broke off negotiations with Bayern Munich over the sale of Dutch international defender Gregory van der Wiel, another transfer that has exasperated Jol.

However, Jol has also long been disenchanted by the lack of transfer funds available, and is more keen than ever to move to Fulham, where he will be handed around £20m to build on the work of Roy Hodgson.

Irish Independent

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