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Slavisa Jokanovic insists Ross McCormack and Moussa Dembele will stay with struggling Fulham

The Whites boss answered questions about the futures of his two strikers

Determined: Slavisa Jokanovic.

Fulham strike duo Ross McCormack and Moussa Dembele have taken the Championship by storm this season, scoring 24 goals between them as the Whites have made a reputation for scoring.

As a result, both have been linked with moves away. Dembele, 19, is out of contract in the summer and a host of Europe's elite clubs have been mooted to make a move.

Scottish forward McCormack, 29, has been the subject of multiple bids from Championship high-flyers Middlesbrough, with Aitor Karanka determined to get his team over the finishing line this season, after McCormack all-but-ruined their promotion dream last season.

The striker, with 17 goals in all competitions this season, was ruled out of Saturday's match with Hull due to illness, but was at Craven Cottage for the match.

Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic was grilled on the subject of his star forwards following the Whites' 1-0 defeat to Hull, and here's what he had to say.

Grant Humphreys
Tipped to move: Ross McCormack

Q: Why didn’t Ross McCormack play today?

Slavisa Jokanovic: “Because Ross was sick yesterday, and last week had physical problems. He had a kick in the last game against Huddersfield. He’s only made one training session.”

Q: Is he psychologically ready to play, given the speculation around his future?

SJ: “I try and explain he has only made one training and physically I did not believe he was ready for today’s game. Psychologically I understand many rumours and speculation, I understand McCormack too, I understand the club have interests in thinking about him because he is one of the best Championship players, he’s our best player too, so the people need to understand Fulham too. If you are serious people, if you start thinking, we don’t need the money, when actually right now we need other things. This is a very clear situation. With the time, It’s only now seven more days, everything will be more clear, but I am not, I can repeat, I don’t want to sell and we are not in a situation to sell our best players. Speculation is always about Dembele, about McCormack, for my side. I don’t give any permission to make these kind of steps.”

Goal! Moussa Dembele scores

Q: So it is the same for Dembele as it is for McCormack?

SJ: “The same, OK, if I read the press it is always talking about these two guys.”

Q: Has Ross told you that he wants to stay?

SJ: “Listen, Ross is a professional football player, he has family, and he is thinking what is best solution and what steps he needs to make, I understand perfectly Ross, I understand another club, and it is important for people to understand Fulham too, why we don’t want to make these steps.”

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