Martin Jol looks set to impose his heady experience and know-how of the European transfer market by delving straight into its higher, more elaborate end. The Ducthman is planning to improve his newly inherited Fulham squad with a few, well planned and potent signings to add to an already established Premier League side.
Jeffren Suarez, a forward-come-winger groomed throughout the infamous Barcelona youth system, is apparently eyeing a move away from the Nou Camp with a lack of first team opportunities coming his way. Martin Jol has jumped at the news and has seemingly enticed Alistair MacKintosh to give him the required £7.2 million to force through the move. With such a large bid supposedly tabled, rivals for Jeffren's signature in the form of Liverpool and La Liga side Valencia, are wary of making their interest formally known. Fulham's head-start will be wholly irrelevant, however, if the 23 year-old isn't interested in a move to the white half of SW6.
Meanwhile, back home in England, Chris Baird was allowed his say on the Mark Hughes debacle that unfounded over the Summer. Speaking about Kia Joorabchian's claims that Mark Hughes felt Fulham weren't 'ambitious', Baird rubbished the suggestion, hinting at a degree of contempt towards the Welshman:
"That's Mark's opinion and he's entitled to it - but it's not one I share," Baird told the Fulham Chronicle.
"In fact, we had a good season. We finished eighth and qualified for the Europa League again.
"We've been to the final of the competition already and been seventh since I've been here - the highest yet for the club.
"That sounds like ambitious to me."
Well said Bairdinho.