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Fulham boss Jol determined to sign Pogrebnyak

Fulham manager Martin Jol admits he is desperate to secure the services of Russian striker Pavel Pogrebnyak.

The 28-year old is on a six-month loan from German club VfB Stuttgart but the Cottagers do not have first refusal on his contract and Jol is hoping they can lure him to West London permanently with the promise of regular football.

"We have made him a very good offer. He likes it here so hopefully my people can agree a good contract with him," he told the London Evening Standard.

"I'm confident because if you look at the top five [in the Premier League], if he went to one of them he would be in the same situation as he was before (not playing regularly).

"It would be like, for example, the situation Jermain Defoe has got at [Tottenham]. And there are other players at big clubs, like Fernando Torres [at Chelsea], who are not playing all the time. That is what you get if you are playing in the top five.

"With me, Pavel knows that, if he gives 100 per cent, he starts. He knows that, I've told him. There is not a lot off rivalry up front here, so that should be a good feeling for him."

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