Fulham manager Martin Jol has said that he is extremely hopeful that Fulham will be able to sign striker Pavel Pogrebnyak on a long-term deal shortly.

Pavel Pogrebnyak arrived at the club in the January transfer window and he will be a free transfer at the end of this season.

However, Fulham have not been able to secure the first option on the player when he becomes a free agent. As a result, he has been linked with a move to a number of top clubs across Europe after scoring a lot of goals in his first few months in England.

Hence, Martin Jol has expressed his desire to keep the player in London by signing him on a new contract. Jol has said that the prospect of playing regular first-team football is something that the player should consider before moving elsewhere. So far, he has scored six goals in just eight matches for Fulham.

As a result, they have risen up the table and are now in the ninth position in the table. Jol has said that he is very much looking forward to finishing in the top half of the table, which will be a massive achievement considering the various exertions this season.

“I’m confident because if you look at the top five [in the Premier League], if he went to one of them he would be in the same situation as he was before. It would be like, for example, the situation Jermain Defoe has got at [Tottenham]. And there are other players at big clubs, like Fernando Torres [at Chelsea], who are not playing all the time. That is what you get if you are playing in the top five. With me, Pavel knows that, if he gives 100 per cent, he starts," Jol said.