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Jol compares Dembele to Raul

Fulham manager Martin Jol believes that in Mousa Dembele he has a player that can reach the same heights as Spanish legend Raul.

With the transfer window reopening in January, speculation has begun over reinforcements the Dutchman may bring in. Marseille's Andre-Pierre Gignac has been heavily linked with a move, as has Wigan striker Hugo Rodallega and former Real Madrid man Raul.

The latter would be particularly audacious but Jol has quashed talk of a move for Spain's all-time record scorer, and said: "It is not our philosophy. [Raul] is a star but I have another star in that position, who will probably be the same as Raul in the future. Mousa Dembele is on the way to becoming a fantastic player."

He added: "Bryan Ruiz can also play there and we have a young player that can play in that position that you probably don't know in Kerim Frei. I have Pajtim Kasami, who is 19 years old, so I would probably be crazy to get another player in that position."

Jol also ruled out a move for Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov, who he knows well having originally brought him to England while in charge of Tottenham.

"That is just paper talk," he said. "Dimitar Berbatov is at Man United and is quite happy. And if he moves I don't think it will be possible for our club to get him, you know?

"He is certainly a very good striker, he was very good for me, but it is just paper talk."

Fulham travel to Swansea in the Barclays Premier League this weekend boosted by news concerning the fitness of Danny Murphy, who was expected to definitely miss the Swansea match after picking up an ankle knock against Liverpool on Monday.

"Danny is probably involved because he is a quick healer," Jol said. "He will have a test as well [on Friday].

"His ankle was swollen up but it is better now so I hope he can be involved. It's touch and go."

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