Birmingham reject £3m Fulham offer for Cameron Jerome

Birmingham's Cameron Jerome
Striker Cameron Jerome joined Birmingham in 2006

Fulham have had a £3m bid for Birmingham striker Cameron Jerome rejected, Cottagers manager Martin Jol has confirmed.

Jol added the club not would increase their offer for the 24-year-old.

"We made a bid we thought was realistic," said Jol.

Jol also revealed Bobby Zamora broke his hand in last week's Europa League win over NSI Runavik, but he is expected to be fit for the return leg on Thursday.

Jerome was on Stoke's radar earlier this summer when they made a double bid for him and centre-back Scott Dann, which was also rebuffed by Blues.

City's hierarchy are believed to be willing to sell Jerome, but only if the price is right.

That could force the hand of Potters boss Tony Pulis and other Premier League sides, including Bolton, reported to be interested in the pacy frontman.

Jerome is one of a handful of players at St Andrew's whose futures still remain up in the air ahead of the 31 August transfer deadline.

Dann, Liam Ridgewell and Nikola Zigic have also been linked with moves away from Birmingham, who are working under tough financial constraints following May's relegation from the Premier League.

Players already sold include midfielder Craig Gardner to Sunderland for £6m and defender Roger Johnson, who has joined Wolves for £7m. Ben Foster has been loaned to neighbours West Brom on a season-long deal while midfielders Barry Ferguson, Sebastian Larsson, Lee Bowyer and striker Kevin Phillips were all released.

Jerome could be the next Blues player to move on should City's valuation be matched.

The former England Under-21 international signed for the Midlands club from Cardiff for an initial fee of £3m in the summer of 2006. He has scored 41 goals in 201 appearances during his five years in the second city.

However, he only managed three league goals in 34 games for the club last term.

Jerome signed a new five-year deal with Birmingham in July 2009.