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Jol looking at new deal for Pogrebnyak
Published : 05 Mar 2012 07:47:03
Fulham manager Martin Jol indicated talks to extend Pavel Pogrebnyak's stay in west London are under way after watching the Russian forward fire a hat-trick.
Pogrebnyak continued his superb start to life in the Barclays Premier League with a treble in the 5-0 thrashing of struggling Wolves at Craven Cottage. He was drafted in on January transfer deadline day to fill the void left by Bobby Zamora's move to QPR, but few could have predicted the on-loan striker's impact.
The 28-year-old has now netted five goals in three appearances and Jol said: "He is a very good lad. The first training session he gave us a feeling that he wanted to be here, that he wanted to prove a point."
He added: "That is always good so I can't say what I did after his first game, where I said 'one swallow doesn't make a summer'. After five goals in the three games, I have to say he is a pretty good signing for us."
Pogrebnyak's loan deal runs until the end of the season, when he will also be out of contract at parent club Stuttgart. Jol has previously dismissed suggestions he is already in talks over an extended deal, but Sunday's performance seemed to make him change tack.
"We're talking to four or five players about new deals. You want to keep your best players and I think he is certainly one of them," said Jol.
"I never worry about these things. I am only happy that we made the right decision to sign him because you never know. There are so many strikers on the market and you have to get them when they are not at their peak. We certainly got him when he wasn't on his peak, but he is now so I am happy with that."
Sunday's result propelled Fulham to eighth in the table, but Wolves dip into the relegation zone on goal difference.
After the game, Wolves boss Terry Connor said: "I thought we played well for the whole game at Newcastle and found ourselves 2-0 down like we did today. We're always going to get a bloody nose now and again. We're not the best team in the league and we're always going to get beat now and again.
"For me, it is how we bounce back from these things and certainly when we get back in tomorrow we will be positive and try to work ourselves towards Blackburn on Saturday and go into it ready to win it."