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A disappointing end to the Cottagers' Premier League campaign meant a 12th-placed finish, and the Dutch manager is looking for 'ambitious players' to help them climb the table

Fulham manager Martin Jol has revealed he is planning a squad overhaul in the summer and wants to make the Premier League’s top eight next season.

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The Cottagers finished in 12th place this season after a 3-0 win at Swansea which halted a run of just one point in their previous seven matches.

It was a disappointing end to a promising season at Craven Cottage, and Jol wants to bring in players who match his hunger for success at the club.

“I’m ambitious, like Fulham are, to play in the top six, top seven, top eight,” he told the Evening Standard. “When I came here we had a fantastic team and got 52 points.

“You need ambitious players and that is what I want. If eight or nine players leave, then we’ll need five or six.”

Jol’s men lost 17 league games this season – their worst record since 2007-08 – and he believes trimming the squad while securing some permanent signings will see them climb the table next term.

“The important thing is that we have to build a new team because we have a big amount of players on loan,” he added. “I used eight players in central midfield [this season] and that is a lot for a Premier League team.”

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