Stephen Kelly set for Reading switch but Martin Jol insists Fulham will make no more January sales

Kelly set for Reading switch while Jol admits he is still chasing Huddlestone

By
Sam Cunningham

PUBLISHED:

17:01 GMT, 11 January 2013

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UPDATED:

17:01 GMT, 11 January 2013


On the move: Fulham defender Stephen Kelly

On the move: Fulham defender Stephen Kelly

Martin Jol revealed defender Stephen Kelly is having a medical at Reading today – and that he is interested in Tottenham midfielder Tom Huddlestone.

Kelly was a main part of Jol's team last season but has struggled for games this campaign. Fulham have received a fee for the transfer but the club would not reveal how much it was.

If the move goes through the defender will become Brian McDermott's third signing in the January transfer window. Last month he said he was targeting two or three players the club could afford that had Premier League experience and Kelly fits that mould.

Jol said: 'It's a permanent deal. We won't lose any other players. It's one single player who could go in this transfer window. Kelly is the only one.

'I thought it was good for him because he wanted to play. Last year he played all the games almost so I thought it was good for him to talk to Reading and they decided to take him and he decided to go there. I never say never but the players I want to keep here will be here after the 31st.'

Jol is still keen to strengthen his squad in the transfer window and clearly sees Fulham's midfield as an area he needs to improve.

On the radar: Martin Jol is still tracking Spurs midfielder Tom Huddlestone

On the radar: Martin Jol is still tracking Spurs midfielder Tom Huddlestone

He is still interested in defensive midfielder Derek Boateng who is at Ukrainian club Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk and also Tottenham's Huddlestone, whom he has monitored for years.

The 56-year-old added: 'Over the last six years I had an interest in Tom Huddlestone, but he was injured and then went to Stoke. I think he failed a medical there but I am not sure, so he went back to Spurs.

'If Tom is fit, he is always in the back of my mind but as I told you before, I won't speculate on names. I can't say Tom is not on my list because I like him.'