Moussa Dembele: Fulham Accepts Tottenham Hotspurs' £15M Bid

Ryan Day@theryanedwardCorrespondent IAugust 28, 2012

Assuming that contract negotiations go smoothly, Tottenham and Fulham have reached an agreement that will see Moussa Dembele transfer immediately to White Hart Lane.

According to The National, Spurs will pay Fulham a transfer fee of £15 million for the 25-year-old Belgium international midfielder.

UPDATE: Wednesday, August 29 at 11:40 a.m. ET by Timothy Rapp

It's official—Dembele is heading to Spurs. From ESPN FC:

BREAKING: Spurs have signed Moussa Dembele from Fulham

— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) August 29, 2012

With money to burn after selling Luka Modric to Real Madrid, expect this to be the first of several moves made by Tottenham before the Friday deadline.

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Yahoo! Sports has reported that, in addition to Tottenham Hotspur, Dembele was courted by Real Madrid, while The National stated that the midfielder was of interest to Manchester United.

Thought by many to be a more-than-capable replacement for the recently departed Luka Modric, Dembele was in the final year of his contract with Fulham.

With that said, it will be interesting to see how Dembele fits in at Modric's old position. Whereas both players are skilled in possession and great at passing and distribution, Dembele brings a physicality to the attacking midfielder position that Modric didn't have.

Dembele also showed a willingness to go back and support the defense at Fulham, something Modric was capable of but not always willing to do. However, Modric's crosses are some of the best in the world, and that's an area of real weakness for Dembele.

Both are superb set-piece takers, with Modric gifted at corners and Dembele more adept at direct kicks.

Subject to completing a medical, Moussa Dembele will join Tottenham in time for the club's next league fixture, this weekend against Norwich City.