Tottenham Hotspur and Everton are both believed to be tracking Fulham striker Moussa Dembele.
According to Sky Sports, they are just a couple of Premier League clubs who have expressed an interest in the 19-year-old, who has scored 10 goals in 22 Championship games this season.
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Dembele joined Fulham from Paris Saint-Germain in 2012 on a four-year contract which expires in the summer, but Sky Sports reports that the Cottagers are not looking to cash in on him next month.
Fulham, who are under a transfer embargo in January and may struggle to sign a replacement, would be entitled to compensation should Dembele leave on a free because of his homegrown player status.
Sky Sports adds that the Frenchman is unlikely to sign the new four-year deal on offer to him at Craven Cottage, but is happy to stay until the end of the season to help new manager Slavisa Jokanovic.
But competition for Dembele’s signature is fierce – Sky Sports report that top-flight clubs from France and Italy are also interested in him – and that could prompt clubs to come forward in the New Year.
There may be room for an agreement for Spurs, Everton or another suitor to buy Dembele in January and loan him back to Fulham, who are 18th in the Championship table and not safe from relegation.
Tottenham did this very successfully in last year’s January window, when they bought Dele Alli from MK Dons before sending him back to help Karl Robinson’s team secure promotion from League One.
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