Jol Closing In On Duo

Thursday 30 August 2012 14:00

Martin Jol has revealed that Fulham are close to finalising deals for both Dimitar Berbatov and Kieran Richardson, with the former currently undergoing a medical at the Club.

“Berbatov is finishing his medical and if everything is good he will be one of our players,” said Jol. “There were a lot of clubs interested in him but we were able and capable of getting him.

“He was on my list all the time. I tried to do something months ago and it didn’t come off so I came back and it was the right moment for him to make his decision.”

Jol continued: “We are talking to Richardson and hopefully he will come to us. A fee has been agreed and I’m confident it will happen before the deadline. I see him playing as a winger.”

The potential signings of the pair from Manchester United and Sunderland respectively are the latest in what has been a busy time at Motspur Park ahead of Friday’s 11pm transfer deadline.

Mousa Dembélé joined Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday, with Jol admitting he was powerless to stop the midfielder leaving.

“He had a clause in his contract and they [Tottenham] agreed to pay that money so we had to let him go,” stated Jol. “I’ve tried to keep him over the last six months because I knew of the clause. If he’d stayed it would have been good for him. He could have moved on in a year’s time to another club but he’d decided to go earlier.

“We had money before, we’re a healthy Club, and it wasn’t like we needed the Dembélé money. We want to keep our best players and he was certainly one of our best players. I felt he’d made big steps forward over the last six months. So we are busy trying to get the team as strong as before.”

Meanwhile, Jol is expecting further developments on Clint Dempsey’s much-publicised situation in the not-too-distant future.

“There is still nothing on the table but discussions are ongoing with more than one club,” said Jol. “I expect a few things to happen soon. We are talking to several clubs but it is up to him and his desire to go to a Champions League club.

“Maybe that won’t happen but certainly I expect a few clubs to be in the mix for him. Sunderland is one of them but I think that will be difficult. There are different clubs with different scenarios and different ideas but we know exactly what we want and if other clubs come up with the right deal then we’ll do it.”