Jol determined to sign striker

Bobby Zamora broke his hand a week ago and, although the

29-year-old is fit to play, the incident was a wake-up call for

Jol, who knows how badly Fulham struggled in the striker’s absence

with a broken leg last season. Jol is not short of frontmen, but he

has only one target man. “If there is a problem with Bobby, I have

to create another formation,” he said, revealing his failure to

land Jerome had not spelt the end of his search. “Of course, there

are always players. “Even abroad, there are one or two players we

had a look at. We made a bid as well. “If they accept it then we’ve

got a new player. “But if they don’t, we go on like it is.” Jol

admitted Zamora’s injury record was a concern but denied his game

time would need to be managed in the same way as Tottenham defender

Ledley King “Bobby’s probably injured occasionally,” said Jol.

“Ledley King was different. Ledley King was out for seven months

when I was there in the second year. “That was a structural

problem. “With Bobby, it’s not a big problem.” Zamora is a former

White Hart Lane team-mate of King and has been linked with a return

there in a swap deal with Peter Crouch, speculation Jol dismissed.

He said: “I would be silly to look for somebody else for him as a

back-up player and then sell him.” Zamora suffered his latest

injury in last Thursday’s Europa League third qualifying round

first leg at RNK Split after someone stood on his hand. He will

wear a cast in Thursady night’s second leg at Craven Cottage, which

will be Jol’s first real test since taking charge, with the tie

currently goalless. “I think it’s good for the team to play at a

different level, a competitive level,” Jol said. “I still think 0-0

is good in an away match, but now we have to finish it.”