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The Crystal Palace manager had claimed the Cottagers had reached an agreement to sign the Aston Villa striker, but the Dutchman has played down suggestions that a deal is done.

Fulham boss Martin Jol has hit out at Ian Holloway after the Crystal Palace manager announced that Darren Bent was on the verge of joining the Cottagers.

The newly promoted Eagles had been confident of securing a deal for the England international as recently as Thursday morning, but were, according to Holloway, gazumped at the last minute by Fulham.

But Jol has played down suggestions that Bent's arrival at Craven Cottage is imminent, despite the playing having had a medical at the club, and he hinted that the deal is less advanced than Holloway portrayed it.

“I'm not sure if other managers should say things like that, because we're not 100 percent sure about any player,” Jol told reporters. “Maybe he's right, maybe not. We will see in the next day or so.

“I've got a few players on my list, but it's not easy, because a good player is a good player, so we will have to wait and see.”

The Dutchman did concede that he was in the market for a new forward, though was coy on reports linking the club with a move for Bent.

“I don't know [about Bent], he's probably doing his own thing,” continued Jol. “We don't speculate on players.  I can only give you an answer when things are finalised with any player.

“But he was on my list, and we tried to get a few players in, because I feel we need some pace up front and we need quality up front anyway because I've got two strikers, normally you've got four.

“We will try to get someone in, in that position, in the next week or so. In midfield as well, and maybe at the back.

“We won't pay the big transfer fees. We've got a certain amount in our budget. Ideally, we would get in two or three new players.”