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Fulham Clinch £5m Belgian Striker Signing: Moussa Dembele Moves From AZ Alkmaar

Will Dembelé ease some of the goalscoring burden from Bobby Zamora and co?

Apr. 13, 2010 - Alkmaar, Netherlands - epa02115666 AZ player Moussa Dembele (C) duels for the ball with Wout Brama (R) of FC Twente during the Premier League soccer match AZ against FC Twente in Alkmaar, The Netherlands, on 13 April 2010. Cheick Tiote (L) of FC Twente runs along. FC Twente holds pole position in the Dutch title race.

Fulham have completed the signing of Belgium international Moussa Dembele on a three-year contract from AZ Alkmaar.

Moussa Dembele said:

‘I am very happy to join Fulham and look forward to training with the team to prepare for the first home game of the season. It has always been a dream to play in the Premier League and I will make sure that I make the most of this opportunity.

‘I understand that Fulham has a strong squad, so I am prepared to work hard for the Manager and take my chance to impress him, and my teammates, when the opportunities arise.’

Mark Hughes commented:

‘I’m glad that we have finalised the deal with Moussa Dembele and I would like to welcome him to the Club. It is important that we go into the season with some additions to the squad that will add strength and depth to enable us to compete at a consistently high level throughout the season.

‘Moussa is strong and quick and will add another dimension to our attacking options, which is important for us. I look forward to working with him, and to hopefully, a few more additions before the window closes.’ (Fulham Official Website)

Where Dembele will play in the Fulham team remains unclear. With Bobby Zamora the first choice striker, and Zoltan Gera tending to play just off him in a 4-4-1-1 system last season, perhaps Dembele will be deployed on the wing – where he has played before.

After all, the Cottagers have Diomansy Kamara and forgotten man Andy Johnson as options up front – as well as fringe men Eddie Johnson and David Elm.

Dembele’s finest attribute is his pace, but he will also give Fulham additional creativity and a goal threat. Under Louis Van Gaal at AZ Alkmaar, he scored 24 goals in 128 appearances, with his peak season tally of ten two years ago. In the last campaign though, he managed a mere four goals, and it will be up to Mark Hughes to get the best out of him.

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