Martin Jol's deadline day drama with Bryan Ruiz was a great coup for Fulham, as he secured the Costa Rican for £10.6 million in the closing stages of the window.

The Cottagers came very close to another major signing though, with Jose Anigo, Marseille's sporting director, revealing that Jol was also in the running for French striker Andre-Pierre Gignac.

The 25-year-old forward has featured for the French national side over a dozen times, and picked up eight goals for the south of France club in last season.

But Jol had already spent big with winger Ruiz and, although Gignac was happy to make the move, Marseille became reluctant when a deal with Juventus for Brazilian striker Amauri fell through.

The Fulham manager had also signed two other strikers, Portuguese Orlando Sa and Swedish Muamer Tankovic.


As Anigo explains, both parties left the table and have settled back into focusing on playing football with the players they have.

"With Fulham, there was an agreement but it was not resolved. It was close to the deadline. We did not take risks; we stopped the negotiations and Andre-Pierre Gignac returned to Marseille," he said.

"He was fine to go to Fulham. That seemed to please him. But he returns with good intentions. We talked and he intends to continue his career, making his merry way.

"It is clear that Amauri would have blocked Gignac [from taking his place in the side]."

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