Belfast Telegraph

Jol: Berbatov move proves ambition

Fulham boss Martin Jol believes the club have shown they mean business as they look set to sign Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov.

The 31-year-old moved to Old Trafford in 2008 for over £30million from a Tottenham side then managed by Jol and could now be re-united with the Dutchman in a £5million move, becoming the fourth summer signing at Craven Cottage.

Jol said: "As I said last week we are a healthy club, we didn't just need the Dembele money to spend before. Of course you have to pay good players good money but I think we have made steps over the last few years and there have been many clubs interested in Dimitar."

He added: "Maybe you saw a few things on the internet, they all tried to get him but we were able and capable of getting him. Hopefully everything is good and that means we are doing the business."

Italian side Fiorentina suggested earlier in the day that the former Bulgaria captain had reneged on a move to them in order to sign for Juventus.

Juventus director general Giuseppe Marotta hit back at those claims before suggesting a move to Fulham was the likely outcome.

But Jol was unsure on any link with the Turin side as he finally looks set to land a player he has been chasing for some time.

He said: "Nothing is what it seems, I'm not sure about Juventus. Fiorentina will tell you the story he could go to Juventus but they went for one or two other players - but he was on my list the whole time and he knew that.

"I tried to do something months ago and it didn't come off and I came back so for him it was a right moment to make a decision and he made the decision for (a move to) us."

Jol confirmed talks are still ongoing with Sunderland over a potential deal for England international Kieran Richardson while other targets also remain on his wish-list.

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