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Adel Taarabt set for Fulham medical

August 6, 2013
By ESPN staff

Fulham manager Martin Jol has confirmed QPR playmaker Adel Taarabt will undergo a medical at Craven Cottage as the club finalises a loan deal for the Morrocan.

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PA PhotosTaarabt is a fan favourite at QPR

Taarabt, who extended his contract at Loftus Road last season, was always expected to leave Rangers after the club were relegated to the Championship and he joins Newcastle-bound Loic Remy as the latest departure from Harry Redknapp's side.

The 24-year-old will once again link up with Martin Jol, who signed him at Tottenham in 2007, and the Fulham boss is confident Taarabt will make an impact alongside Dimitar Berbatov.

"We agreed everything with the club so the only thing we have to do is a medical," Jol said. "If that is sound and good, he will join us. The medical will be [Tuesday].

"I like his creativity and, of course, sometimes it comes off when he scores a lot of goals and I think he was involved in 40 goals [during the 2010/11 Championship promotion season.

"It is like Dimitar Berbatov - sometimes these fantastic talents will be blamed but I hope to find a way to gel him in together with the boys we've got. I think he can do a hell of a job for us because he is a tremendous player on the ball."

Jol admitted he has always been keen to have Taarabt follow him wherever he has coached, but his price tag at Totttenham was too high.

"I have known him now for a long time," Jol added. "When I was at Hamburg, I wanted him but thought the money Daniel Levy asked for was too much.

"Then I went to Ajax and I thought it was too much for a player that never played. Then I was too late after that because he went to QPR, where he did ever so well.

"Remember the fact he was an over £10 million player 12 months ago, so I think you have to take them when they are bad and hopefully he will show his potential here."

Jol refused to comment on Fulham's reported interest in Roma's Pablo Osvaldo but suggested Aston Villa striker Darren Bent is still a possibility of moving to London.

"I don't speculate on things that are not 100 per cent," he said. "The only thing with Adel is his medical so I can inform you. Darren Bent, hopefully we can tell you something on another player by the end of the week. We've got several doors open, so for us it is only us to make a decision and get the player."

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