Fulham manager Martin Jol has confirmed the club will sign Queens Park Rangers midfielder Adel Taarabt subject to a medical.
The Moroccan midfielder was originally brought to England by Jol when he was in charge of Tottenham Hotspur but he failed to break in to the first team. He spent time on loan at QPR before making a permanent move in a £1 million deal in 2010 while the club were in the Championship.
24-year-old Taarabt had a sublime season in England’s second tier but failed to find consistency last season as Rangers were relegated from the Premier League. He was left out of the squad for the opening game of this campaign against Sheffield Wednesday and Jol is set offer the enigmatic playmaker a route back into the English top flight, despite interest from French champions Paris St Germain.
Jol was talking in a press conference after Fulham’s 1-1 draw with La Liga outfit Real Betis on Monday, saying a deal had been done and that a medical will take place today (Tuesday). The Dutch manager was sympathetic about the stick Taarabt received when QPR lost, comparing him to Dimitar Berbatov.
“It is like Dimitar Berbatov, sometimes these fantastic talents will be blamed but I hope to find a way to gel him in together with the boys we’ve got,” he said.
“I have known him now for a long time. When I was at Hamburg, I wanted him but thought the money Daniel Levy asked for was too much. Then I went to Ajax and I thought it was too much for a player that never played,” he added.
“Then I was too late after that because he went to QPR, where he did ever so well. Remember the fact he was an over £10m player 12 months ago, so I think you have to take them when they are bad and hopefully he will show his potential here.”
The fee has yet to be disclosed but don’t hold your breath, Fulham haven’t exactly been outspoken with about their dealings this summer.