Cottagers wait on striker bid

04 August 2011 07:30

Fulham are awaiting the outcome of their attempt to buy at least one unnamed striker after Birmingham rejected their 3million pound offer for Cameron Jerome.

Cottagers boss Martin Jol on Wednesday revealed he had hedged his bets when moving for Jerome by identifying an alternative centre-forward to act as understudy to Bobby Zamora. An injury scare suffered by Zamora prompted Jol to act to bolster his squad, with the former breaking his hand a week ago.

"If there is a problem with Bobby, I have to create another formation," said Jol, revealing his failure to land Jerome had not spelt the end of his search.

"Of course, there are always players. Even abroad, there are one or two players we had a look at. We made a bid as well.

"If they accept it then we've got a new player. But if they don't, we go on like it is."

Jol admitted Zamora's injury record was a concern but denied his game time would need to be managed in the same way as Tottenham defender Ledley King

"Bobby's probably injured occasionally," said former Spurs boss Jol.

"Ledley King was different. Ledley King was out for seven months when I was there in the second year. That was a structural problem. With Bobby, it's not a big problem."

Zamora is a former White Hart Lane team-mate of King and has been linked with a return there in a swap deal with Peter Crouch.

Jol rubbished this, adding: "I would be silly to look for somebody else for him as a back-up player and then sell him."

Source: PA