The Cottagers have been linked with a move for the Argentine forward, who has also been a target for AC Milan in recent times, but the Dutch coach feels a temporary move for the South American is unlikely.
“We said we would like to do something on loan with one or two players,” Jol stated in a press conference, published in Sky Sports.
“Catania were probably not in a situation to put Maxi Lopez, who is a good player and scored some goals for them, on loan.
“I don’t think he will go anywhere else on loan. It is a non-starter,” he admitted.
Jol was also quick to deny claims that his side were over-reliant on Clint Dempsey for goals, despite the fact that the United States international bagged a hat-trick in the club’s last match.
“We have other players that can score. We have got goals in us, with Bryan Ruiz, Moussa Dembele and Bobby Zamora, who was involved in at least three goals the other day,” the trainer stated, this time in The Sun.
“We have got the quality but I can’t deny that Clint is very different for us this year.
“Maybe he was in the past. I think so because he was our top scorer before.
“You always like your top scorer to be up front but if it’s Clint, it’s Clint. If it is Bobby, it is Bobby. It doesn’t matter to me,” he confirmed.
By Gareth McKnight