Fulham boss Jol regrets not signing Villa striker Benteke

Fulham boss Martin Jol admits he considered signing Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke last summer.

Fulham boss Martin Jol admits he considered signing Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke last summer.

Jol signed Dimitar Berbatov for £4m from Manchester United on the final day of the summer transfer window, the same day Villa landed Benteke for £7m — making today’s clash at Villa Park the ‘battle of the bargains’.

The Fulham boss said: “We only wanted to pay a certain amount of money and I think we were right. But after you think ‘maybe I should have gone to the bank or asked the chairman’.

“I always think it’s arrogant to say ‘we got the best bargain of the season’. I think that there are a few players doing well.

“Benteke was doing well already, he was in the national team.

“But in England nobody knew him so Villa did well with their scouting system.”

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