Fulham boss Martin Jol has admitted he's eager to reignite a possible deal for French international Andre-Pierre Gignac in January.

The 25-year-old forward was on the verge of completing a move to Craven Cottage on deadline day before Marseille pulled the plug on the deal, forcing the player to return to France, where he's publicly vowed to fight for a first team player.

However, GiveMeFootball reported yesterday that sources close to the player claimed he was hoping the move could be back on in the New Year, and the Fulham chief confirmed they were still interested in a deal for the former Toulouse striker.

"We had the player here and thought we would get him on loan but Marseille decided they needed him back," said Jol.

"We have established a good relationship with the player and the club so we will see what happens in the future."


Fulham did manage to secure the signature of Bryan Ruiz on deadline day, with the Costa Rican striker moving to west London for a fee in the region of £10.6 million.

With Bobby Zamora, Andy Johnson, Clint Dempsey and Moussa Dembele also available to the former Ajax boss, Jol appears to have plenty of attacking options at his disposal, bit is looking to add one more to the Fulham ranks in the shape of Gignac at the start of 2012.

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