LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 07: Martin Jol manager of Fulham looks on during the FA Cup Third Round match between Fulham and Charlton Athletic at Craven Cottage on January 7, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
The agent of Ajax forward Mounir El Hamdaoui has revealed that his client turned down the opportunity to move to Fulham on a 5 month loan deal in the dying moments of Tuesday's January transfer deadline day.
El Hamdaoui, a Moroccan international, has worked with Martin Jol at his Dutch club and is thought to have a good relationship with the current Fulham boss. Signing the striker would have taken some the strain off of Bobby Zamora's departure to Queens Park Rangers, but after a move fell down for El Hamdaoui to transfer to Fiorentina, the 27 year old striker denied the opportunity of playing at Craven Cottage.
Jol signed the striker at both Tottenham and Ajax, and, if he didn't enjoy the best of it in North London, the Moroccan enjoyed a good spell in Holland. The striker is known to want out of the Amsterdam ArenA, but will now have to wait until the Summer for any move to go through - presumably not with Fulham.
"At 8:44pm, Jeroen Slop [Ajax's finance director] sent me a text message proposing to send the player on a five month loan deal to Fulham," said agent, Sigi Lens. "But we were still in Florence and anyway, Mounir said no."