White Hart Lane boss interested in player who gets a slightly over inflated recommendation from his boss.
Tottenham have revived interest in Fulham forward Moussa Dembele and are preparing a £10million bid.
Fulham have rejected two offers from Spurs for the Belgium star in the past 12 months, but he remains on the White Hart Lane club’s radar.
Former Fulham boss Mark Hughes signed Dembele in August 2010 for £5million and the 24-year-old still has 18 months left on his contract.
Speaking after Dembele shone in Fulham’s 3-1 defeat by Tottenham on Sunday, Hughes’s successor Martin Jol said: ‘Moussa Dembele gave Spurs a lot of problems.
‘In a couple of months he will be like Rafa van der Vaart. Dembele will become one of the best players in the Premier League.’
SOURCE: Daily Mail
Why is Martin Jol comparing Moussa Dembele to Rafael Van der Vaart? Forget for a moment that the two players occupy different positions on the field of play and concentrate on the comparison itself. Is the former Tottenham boss trying to get as much money as possible for the Belgian international or is he trying to scare the North London club away with wild compliments?
The 24 year old Fulham man is used predominantly as a forward but can at a push play as an attacking midfielder and is apparently a Harry Redknapp target, but then again who isn’t? Dembele is a decent player but by no means a player who will generate a great deal of interest if he was made available for sale by the Craven Cottage side.
It seems likely that if Redknapp was to make an offer for Dembele it would be in order to add more attacking options up front having seen Robbie Keane and Peter Crouch leave in the summer and watched as Roman Pavlyuchenko continues to get annoyed about never getting the playing time he deserves. Jermain Defoe started the season well but has been on the bench in recent weeks as Tottenham opt for playing Man City loanee Emmanuel Adebayor up front on his own.