Tottenham Hotspur manager have wasted ni time spending some of the Luka Modric money, as they have completed the signing of Moussa Dembele from Fulham.
Spurs announced the deal, believed to be worth £15million, on their official Twitter feed:
“We are delighted to announce that we have reached agreement with Fulham for the transfer of Mousa Dembele. More details to follow.”
The Belgian international midfielder added on Twitter:
“Happy to confirm I signed a new contract with Tottenham FC!
“I would like to thank all the Fulham fans for their support! You were amazing.”
Dembele, who so impressed during Fulham’s loss to Man United at the weekend, has came on leaps and bounds since arriving from AZ Alkmaar two years ago for a fee of around £5m. So that is a nice £10m profit for Fulham, and it will be interesting to see what the Dembele sale means to American Clint Dempsey who has handed in a transfer request. Would Fulham sell both Dembele and Dempsey in the last 72 hours of the transfer window? And if they do, who will Martin Jol bring in to replace them?
As for Spurs, the Dembele deal is expected to be the first of four or five new players to move to White Hart Lane as AVB looks to overhaul the Tottenham squad. Spurs have been linked with Shakhtar Donetsk forward Willian, who could fill the void left by the departure of Luka Modric.
Shakhtar chief executive Sergei Palkin today claimed he had rejected a bid of just under £12million for the Brazilian and that Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy had also made an enquiry about two other players.
“Mr Levy, the chairman of Tottenham Hotspur FC, personally flew to Donetsk to negotiate over Willian,” Palkin told his club’s official website, www.shakhtar.com.
“But his latest offer was 15 million euros, which we of course did not accept.
“Levy, by the way, hinted that besides Willian, Villas-Boas was interested in Douglas Costa and Fernandinho, but he mentioned that just casually, without any specifics.”
Spurs have been heavily linked for some time with France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris and there are reports they could be on the brink of agreeing a deal with Lyon in the region of £13million.