Fulham boss Jol wary of paying over the odds for January signings

The Cottagers have struggled for form in recent weeks but the Dutch coach says he will not be forced into making rash decisions in the window in a bid to strengthen his squad
Fulham manager Martin Jol has hinted that he will look to players returning from injury to improve the Cottagers' recent poor form instead of paying over the odds for new signings in the January transfer window.

The Cottagers have collected just five points from their last nine top flight games, sliding to 14th in the Premier League as they attempt to cope with a series of fitness problems.

Jol, though, remains wary of being pushed into rash decisions in the market in a bid to strengthen his squad for the second half of the season.

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"If we can do something in the market, we will try to do that," Jol told reporters after the defeat to Swansea on Saturday. "But it's not easy.

"You know as well as I do that clubs will wait and wait until you have to pay the maximum price and we will not do that."

Fulham could be boosted by the imminent returns of midfielder Mahamadou Diarra, forward Mladen Petric and winger Damien Duff, with playmaker Bryan Ruiz having already made his comeback after hamstring problem.

"If players come back from injury, I think that will freshen up the squad as well," Jol added.