Martin Jol is quietly molding Fulham into a classy side, in a similar vein to his Ajax, Hamburg and Tottenham teams, he is effectively continuing the work Roy Hodgson began, before his departure to Anfield.
Jol’s next move in the transfer market is likely to be for Ajax’s Mounir El Hamdaoui, who has been told by manager Frank De Boer to find a new club in June.
Fulham made an approach for the player in the summer but were unwilling to fork out £3m, as Ajax want to get the Moroccan’s high wages off their pay-roll, this figure may come down.
Jol is clearly a fan of El Hamdaoui, he signed from SBV Excelsior for Tottenham when he was manger there and he signed him again for Ajax from AZ Alkmaar in 2010.
The 27-year-old also had a couple of loan spells at Derby that were both cut short by injury and a deal to take him to West Ham under Gianfranco Zola was an almost a done deal, but it fell through at the last minute.
In the summer there was a deadline day switch to Espanyol due to go through, but again it failed to materialise, supposedly because Ajax did not want to loan the player first with a view to a permanent move.
To add fuel to the speculation that El Hamdaoui is England bound, it has been rumoured Ajax have hired a British based agent to help the club find a buyer in this country.
El Hamdaoui has quite an impressive scoring record at Ajax, with 30 goals in 57 games, but given De Boer’s stance on the player a move in June, if not in January, looks almost certain.
Blackburn and Swansea are also monitoring the situation as well, but given the player’s history with Jol, Craven Cottage is the more likely destination.