Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 26 October 2014

Fulham-bound Jol Keane to take Robbie to Cottage

Martin Jol has made Republic of Ireland captain Robbie Keane his No 1 target if, as expected, he takes over as Fulham manager.

Such a move would also benefit Republic manager Giovanni Trapattoni, as Keane would be likely to play regularly at Craven Cottage, where he would dovetail with international colleague Damien Duff.

Jol made Keane his captain when the pair were together at Tottenham, and the manager still holds the Dubliner in high regard; the £6m fee on his head is unlikely to put off the Cottagers.

There is likely to be stiff competition from Aston Villa for the 30-year-old's signature, but the prospect of being able to stay in London should make Fulham the most attractive option for a player who has spent much of his career on the move.

The fee would represent a significant chunk of the £20m which Jol has been promised to bring in new recruits this summer should he take over.

Fulham yesterday continued to negotiate with Ajax over compensation for Jol, whose potential departure from the famous Dutch club has caused outrage in the Netherlands.

Jol also spent hours in talks with Ajax, who hope they can convince him to stay. The likelihood, however, is that a Fulham deal will be announced today.

The Dutchman could also have to find a new goalkeeper should Mark Schwarzer move to Arsenal, with David James a short-term option.

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