Liverpool Join Man United in Race For Highly Rated Starlet French Striker

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Reds to go up against rivals for Fulham youngster.

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Liverpool are set to go head-to-head with Manchester United in a race to sign young Fulham striker Moussa Dembele, the Daily Mirror reports.

Last week Reds boss Brendan Rodgers sent a three man scouting team to watch the 17-year-old play for the west London side’s development squad and were impressed after witnessing him bag a brace.

Dembele was snapped up by the Cottagers over the summer from French giants Paris Saint Germain, and has alerted a host of top clubs, including Manchester United, by scoring for fun in the under-21s this season.

Rodgers feels that there is not another young striker at the club right now that can offer what Dembele can and hopes to be able to put together a package to persuade Martin Jol’s men to part with him either during the January transfer window or further on down the line in the summer.

However, Jol has already turned down a number of loan advances from Championship clubs for the young striker and wants to keep him in and around the first team as they continue to struggle for points this season, but with his path to the starting XI blocked by the likes of Darren Bent and Dimitar Berbatov a short term deal could be beneficial for his development.

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