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Jol: Emanuelson deal impossible, Enoh deal up in the air

Manager admits a move for Urby Emenuelson will never happen, and that any deal for Eyong Enoh would be costly.

Shaun Botterill

Martin Jol has stated that Urby Emanuelson will definitely return to AC Milan at the end of the season, while a move for midfielder Eyong Enoh will be carefully considered.

The Emanuelson claim comes as no surprise, with his parent club keen on retaining a player that they have high hopes for in the near future. Milan let him join Fulham in January on the premise that the Premier League would help sharpen their Dutch international, readying him for a return to the first team next season.

His performances so far for Fulham have certainly impressed, though the time he took to settle into the English game was notable. His first few appearances, mostly cameo roles, were underwhelming.

But since then, he has proved to be one of the most technically proficient players we possess, fusing a certain guile with some neat, intricate footwork. It has left many fans salivating, but Jol confirmed what we had already knew; Emanuelson is but a temporary luxury.

"You could see [on Saturday] that Urby is a nice, technical crowd-pleaser," he said.

"But there is not an option on him, because it would be impossible to buy him."

Jol was somewhat more confident with Enoh, however. The manager confrimed that the central midfielder has an option in his loan deal with the club that will see him join permanently for a set fee.

Yet, a deal to bring the Cameroonian in from Ajax will not be cheap and there is a younger, less-expensive Emmanuel Frimpong on loan at Craven Cottage who would also be willing to move.

But Enoh, undoubtedly, has had the greatest impact. He's proved solid alongside the more adventurous Giorgos Karagounis, tackling impeccably and passing with panache. But Jol wants to wait until the end of the season until making any decisions on the 27 year-old.

"We have got an option to buy him, but it is still quite a few bob, so maybe I have to be creative and come up with other solutions," Jol said.

"The option is there, but I have got one or two other options as well so it is a decision for the end of the season."

However creative our gaffer may be, if the option is there to take Enoh on permanently, it should be taken. He's been our most consistent performer over recent months, regularly holding together a midfield that is falling apart with every week that passes.

Frimpong has done well too, and it would not be overly audacious to suggest bringing in both of them, but Jol should be prioritising Enoh this summer.

It would be foolish not to.