Fulham ready to appoint Jol as successor to Hodgson

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Fulham have held constructive talks with Martin Jol about succeeding Roy Hodgson as manager and expect to be in a position to appoint the Dutchman by the end of this week.

The west London club's first team squad journey to Sweden today to begin their pre-season tour and will do so with Ray Lewington still in charge as caretaker manager – he oversaw their 1-1 draw with Bournemouth on Saturday – but he is likely to be handing over the reins to Jol by the time Fulham face Halmstad on Thursday.

Negotiations with Jol were reported to have continued last night after the 54-year-old indicated his willingness to leave Ajax. The club are believed to be assembling an offer that will match his salary at Holland's top club and also give assurances that there will be money to spend on new players.

Sven Goran Eriksson was the other name on Fulham's shortlist but he is thought to be considering a lucrative offer to remain in charge of Ivory Coast despite a modest World Cup finals.

Jol was in charge of Tottenham for three years before being sacked in 2007 – and he played in England for West Bromwich Albion and Coventry in the 1980s. After a spell in charge of Hamburg, he returned to Amsterdam last season and has surprised many in Holland with his willingness to move on so quickly.

Arsène Wenger, meanwhile, insisted in the wake of Arsenal's 4-0 victory over Barnet on Saturday that all the speculation surrounding Cesc Fabregas must end.

"There was a lot of unneeded talk. It is not pleasant to read that every day. Now, the story has to stop," he said. "Cesc is our captain, he is so important to us and we want to keep him. That is why we were not listening to any offers. It was not a problem of money, just the desire to keep him at the club."

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