Jol crushes Gignac link
Fulham boss Martin Jol has quashed the rumours linking him with a swoop for Marseille striker Andre-Pierre Gignac.
Jol looks set to lose Andrew Johnson, whose contract runs out at the end of the season, in this transfer window, with QPR and Blackburn said to be interested in the 30-year-old.
His departure would make room for a new forward - and, after Fulham reportedly put in a bid for Catania hitman Maxi Lopez earlier this week, they are now rumoured to be keen on Gignac.
However, Jol says he is not interested in the France international because he has fallen out of favour in Marseille. "He didn't play over the last couple of weeks and won't be involved over the next week or so," Jol said. "He is not fit. I know a lot of good players that did not play for their teams over the last three or four months and I am not interested.
"If you play in the Premier League, you have to be there [fit and ready]. If you take a player from a lower league who is playing games and scoring goals it is probably better than to take somebody who is not fit and probably have to wait four weeks for fitness. For me, it is only an issue if they would add something to my team."
Meanwhile, Jol has also cooled the Maxi Lopez speculation. "They say there is no smoke without fire but our intention was never to buy Maxi Lopez," Jol said. "We have got an interest in good players but in a different sort of scenario."