Tottenham Hotspur Transfer News: Moussa Dembele In, Rafael Van Der Vaart Out?

Ryan DayCorrespondent IAugust 29, 2012

This summer's transfer window is closing very fast, but Tottenham is moving even faster, signing another big-name target mere days before the deadline.

The latest signing out of White Hart Lane? None other than former Fulham midfielder—and by all accounts, Luka Modric's replacement—Moussa Dembele.

According to Tottenham's official website,, Dembele has passed his medical and is officially a part of White Hart Lane:

"We are delighted to announce that we have reached agreement with Fulham for the transfer of Mousa Dembele."

A fairly humble statement for what could potentially be a huge signing by Tottenham.

Dembele came to Fulham from Dutch club AZ Alkmaar in the summer of 2010. He came to Craven Cottage as a forward, but when Martin Jol stepped in as Fulham's manager in 2011, Dembele's ability to drive forward, lead possessions and distribute the ball well made a move to attacking midfielder the more sensible thing to do.

Ever since, Dembele has thrived, making a total of 74 appearances for the Cottagers, scoring seven goals and assisting on seven others.

Tottenham's signing of Dembele provides Andre Villas-Boas with a little room for creativity in the midfield, which is why he could potentially be the club's biggest signing of the summer.

His ability to drive forward from the midfield position means that the gap created by Modric's departure may very well be filled by the 25-year-old Belgium international.

Also, Dembele's proficiency at attacking midfielder gives Villas-Boas the option to put Gylfi Sigurdsson farther back in the midfield, or at winger where he, Gareth Bale and Aaron Lennon can alternate helping out the forwards.

He also distributes the ball incredibly well, especially with his pinpoint passes and crosses off of set-pieces, making Rafael Van Der Vaart all the more expendable.

With some big transfer targets lined up—striker Willian, midfielder Yann M'Vila and goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, to name a few—Tottenham will need all the cash they can get. The club could conceivably sell Van Der Vaart to his former Bundesliga club, Hamburg, use whatever cash they need for the rest of their summer targets and pocket the rest for use during this January's winter transfer window.

No matter who's bought and sold during this transfer window, one thing is clear—it's a make-or-break year for Andre Villas-Boas in his first season as manager at White Hart Lane.

Do you like the all-in mentality of Villas-Boas and Chairman Daniel Levy, or would you prefer a more conservative approach to transfers?