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Fulham's 3.5m bid for Cameron Jerome rejected by Birmingham

03 Aug 2011 16:38:18

Fulham's 3.5m bid for Cameron Jerome rejected by Birmingham

Fulham have had a bid for Birmingham striker Cameron Jerome rejected by the npower Championship club, Craven Cottage manager Martin Jol has confirmed. Jol revealed he did not think the Barclays Premier League club would increase their offer, understood to be around ?3.5million. 'We made a bid we thought was realistic,' said Jol. Won't come cheap: Birmingham striker Cameron Jerome (bottom) The Fulham manager also revealed England striker Bobby Zamora had broken his hand in the 3-0 Europa League win over NSI Runavik last week, and that this was the reason behind his failed attempt to sign Jerome. Jol said: 'If it would've been his foot, we would've had a problem, and that is why we made a bid for this other striker.' He added: 'We made a bid we thought was realistic, and they rejected that, so that was that.' Jol admitted 24-year-old Jerome did not boast a particularly impressive goalscoring record, but said: 'He's good in the air, quick, and he would be a good back-up for Bobby.' There has been speculation linking Zamora with a return to Tottenham in a swap deal with Peter Crouch but Jol dismissed it. Helping hand: Fulham need further firepower after Bobby Zamora's injury He added: 'Bobby Zamora is probably one of the most gifted players in England as a number nine.' Jol also insisted Fulham had made no offer for ADO Den Haag duo Wesley Verhoek and Lex Immers and said he hadno interest in signing Newcastle outcast Joey Barton. Fulham have already signed two new midfielders in Marcel Gecov and Pajtim Kasami, both of whom were officially unveiled on Wednesday. The Fulham boss said: 'Marcel Gecov is a Danny Murphy type of player, who can play a little bit more advanced as well. He's a ginger but he's a real ginger - he's very versatile, he can play, he can tackle as well. Pajtim is a very talentedplayer, gifted player.' Options: Martin Jol has the likes of Andrew Johnson available up front Swiss youngster Kasami, who listed Zinedine Zidane as his hero, returned the compliment, saying: 'Martin Jol is the reason I'm here.' Czech Republic Under 21 internationalGecov added: 'I'm looking to contribute as much as I can. I'll definitely work hard for it.' Jerome, 24, was on Stoke's radar earlier this summer when they made a double bid for him and prized centre-back Scott Dann, which was also rebuffed by Blues. City's hierarchy are believed to be willing to consider selling Jerome but only if the price is right, with a more significant bid needed to tempt them to part with his services. That could force the hand of Potters boss Tony Pulis and other Barclays Premier League sides, including Bolton, reported to be interested in the pacy frontman.  CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR OUR FREE FANTASY FOOTBALL GAMEFulham set to beat Bolton and Stoke to ?4m-rated striker Jerome Fulham plan double swoop on Den Haag's Dutch duo Verhoek and ImmersBaird has sights set on extending Fulham's European adventure with Split victory


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