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Fulham boss Martin Jol confirms Adel Taarabt's arrival

Modified 06 Aug 2013, 12:49 IST

Adel Taarabt of Queens Park Rangers in action in the Barclays Premier League against Reading during April 2013 (Getty Images)

Martin Jol confirmed yesterday that Moroccan playmaker Adel Taarabt is on the verge of joining Fulham on a season-long loan from Queens Park Rangers (QPR), who were relegated from the Premier League last season.

Jol revealed that the player is set to undergo a medical today ahead of his move to Fulham, reports Eurosport.

“We have agreed everything with the club. The only thing is the medical. If that is sound and good then he will join us.” said Jol.

“I like his creativity and, of course, sometimes it comes off when he scores a lot of goals and I think he was involved in 40 goals [during the 2010/11 Championship promotion season].”

Jol added, “It is like Dimitar Berbatov – sometimes these fantastic talents will be blamed but I hope to find a way to gel him in together with the boys we’ve got.”

“I think he can do a hell of a job for us because he is a tremendous player on the ball.”

Jol knows the Moroccan well from their time together earlier when the Dutchman was manager of Tottenham Hotspur.

“I have known him now for a long time,” the Dutchman added. “When I was at Hamburg, I wanted him but thought the money Daniel Levy asked for was too much.”

“Then I went to Ajax and I thought it was too much for a player that never played. Then I was too late after that because he went to QPR, where he did ever so well.”


“Remember the fact he was an over £10 million player 12 months ago, so I think you have to take them when they are bad and hopefully he will show his potential here.”

The Dutchman confirmed the news at a post-match press conference after the conclusion of his side’s friendly against Real Betis.

Published 06 Aug 2013, 12:49 IST
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