Jol unlikely to up Jerome bid

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Fulham have had a bid for Birmingham striker Cameron Jerome rejected by the npower Championship club, Craven Cottage manager Martin Jol has confirmed.

Jol revealed he did not think the Barclays Premier League club would increase their offer, understood to be around £3million.

"We made a bid we thought was realistic," said Jol.

City's hierarchy are believed to be willing to consider selling Jerome but only if the price is right, with a more significant bid needed to tempt them to part with his services.

That could force the hand of Stoke boss Tony Pulis and other Barclays Premier League sides, including Bolton, reported to be interested in the pacy frontman.

Jol currently has Zamora, Andrew Johnson, Mousa Dembele and midfielder-turned-forward Clint Dempsey at his disposal in attack and is clearly keen to add to his ranks.

Jerome is one of a handful of players at St Andrew's whose futures still remain up in the air ahead of the August 31 transfer deadline.

The former England Under-21 international signed for the midlands club from Cardiff for an initial fee of £3million in the summer of 2006 and has scored 41 goals in 201 appearances during his five years in the second city.

However, he only managed a total of three league goals in 34 outings for the club last term.

Jerome signed a new five-year deal with Birmingham in July 2009.

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