McCor­mack not for sale, in­sists Ful­ham man­ager Jokanovic

The Daily Telegraph - Total Football - - SKY BET FOOTBALL LEAGUE - By Luke Brown

Ful­ham man­ager Slav­isa Jokanovic has once again in­sisted his star play­ers are not for sale, even though Ross McCor­mack – who has been per­sis­tently linked with a move to Mid­dles­brough – was left out of the squad who lost 1-0 to Hull City on Satur­day.

Jokanovic af­ter­wards said that McCor­mack had been left out be­cause of ill­ness, and that the 29year-old re­mained a key part of his plans, along with sup­posed Spurs tar­get Moussa Dem­bélé.

“There is al­ways spec­u­la­tion about McCor­mack and Dem­bélé, but peo­ple need to start think­ing a lit­tle bit more,” Jokanovic said. “We don’t need the money, which peo­ple need to un­der­stand, so we have no need to sell.

“I give no per­mis­sion to make th­ese kind of steps. In only seven more days things will start to look more clear, but I don’t want to sell and we are not in a sit­u­a­tion where we have to sell our best play­ers.”

With­out McCor­mack, Ful­ham slipped to de­feat against Steve Bruce’s Hull, who now lead the Cham­pi­onship fol­low­ing Mid­dles­brough’s sur­prise 1-0 de­feat to Not­ting­ham For­est.

Brent­ford con­tin­ued their push for a play-off place with an im­pres­sive 3-1 in over Pre­ston, but like Ful­ham, face a bat­tle to keep hold of some of their big­gest stars.

For­ward Alan Judge, who scored their se­cond goal, has let it be known that he is ‘an­gry’ at the club for re­ject­ing bids from both Burn­ley and Sh­effield Wed­nes­day.

He joins James Tarkowski in an­gling for a move away from Grif­fin Park, with the de­fender – who has been re­peat­edly linked with a £2.5 mil­lion move to Burn­ley – cur­rently re­fus­ing to play for man­ager Dean Smith.

De­spite the un­rest, Smith is hope­ful that the pair will hon­our their con­tracts with the club.

“We all like Alan Judge and we want to keep him at the foot­ball club,” he said. “When he puts in per­for­mances like that he shows his ap­pli­ca­tion and en­thu­si­asm.

“We also hope that the sit­u­a­tion with Tarkowski is re­triev­able. I spoke with him and he gave his rea­sons. I don’t think it’s right for him to play, but there will be a time when it is right again.”

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