Fulham are reportedly interested in signing West Ham United striker Carlton Cole in order to ensure that they do not face the trouble of relegation struggles once again.

Fulham were extremely close to relegation a few seasons ago, but Roy Hodgson arrived at Craven cottage to save them, and led them on the road to mid-table security. Even though they have not been spectacular this season, Martin Jol has done a good job at Craven Cottage.

However, fans will be able to see that they are not far away from the relegation zone and a few bad results could bring them closer to the relegation zone. Fulham are not yet amongst the favourites to be relegated on the premier league football betting markets, but if points aren't won sooner rather than later, Fulham may yet get dragged into the dog-fight.

Martin Jol has had a lot of troubles in getting along with the strikers already present at the club. It is thought that Martin Jol would be more than happy to see the back of Bobby Zamora. Bobby Zamora has been one of the main players for Fulham in the last few seasons, but the manager and the player have fallen apart. With former boss Harry Redknapp keen to recruit him for Spurs, it might be worth a bet on Tottenham fielding Zamora once the January transfer window closes.

Hence, Fulham are looking to replace Bobby Zamora with another target Centre forward – Carlton Cole. The former Chelsea striker has been doing extremely well in the Championship of late and is thought that a £ 4 million bid could be enough to secure his services.

Bobby Zamora could be sold to Sunderland for about £ 8 million. Even though Martin O'Neill has not been promised a significant transfer funds, it is thought that the former Aston Villa manager will be able to generate the transfer funds by selling some of the players at Sunderland.

The departure of players like Kenwyne Jones and Darren Bent has made the availability of a top striker a priority for Sunderland. Other clubs showing interest in the Fulham striker Bobby Zamora include the likes of Tottenham and QPR.

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