Fulham Transfer News: Dimitar Berbatov Moves to Monaco on Permanent Deal

Tom SunderlandFeatured ColumnistJanuary 31, 2014

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Updates From Thursday, Feb. 6

According to Bleacher Report's Jonathan Johnson, Berbatov's move is a permanent deal, not a loan:

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Dimitar Berbatov's time in the Premier League may have come to an end after it was announced that the Fulham striker will spend the remainder of the 2013-14 season on loan with Monaco.

Monaco confirmed the move on their official website (story in French), with BBC Sport also reporting the temporary switch:

However, Fulham's website reports that the move is permanent.

Berbatov will be out of a contract in the summer, but the exit isn't a surprising one, with his agent Emil Dantchev telling Sky Sports back in December that his client wanted to leave the club. 

The Bulgarian striker has had prolific success in his native country, as well as in Germany and England, but will now try to test French waters with Monaco still very much in the Ligue 1 title race.

The French Riviera outfit were thought to be looking for attacking reinforcements following the season-ending injury suffered by Radamel Falcao, which BBC Sport say makes the Colombian a major doubt for the 2014 World Cup.

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Claudio Ranieri's side have also sent January signing Lacina Traore on loan to Everton in what was a fairly odd decision given Falcao's absence.

Though Berbatov isn't a like-for-like replacement for the club's joint-top scorer, goals have followed the 33-year-old wherever he's gone in his career, despite suffering a slight slump since moving to West London.

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 26:  Dimitar Berbatov of Fulham celebrates his goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Fulham and Southampton at Craven Cottage on December 26, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
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According to Transfermarkt, the veteran forward has scored just four times in 18 appearances for Fulham this term, failing to keep the Cottagers from slipping into a relegation struggle.

As Opta Joe show, the striker holds his fair share of accomplishments from his time in the English top flight:

Though I wouldn't rule out the possibility of Berbatov signing with another outfit as a free transfer at the end of the campaign, this could be the last that English audiences see of the former Tottenham and Manchester United ace.

Kostas Mitroglou, who Fulham's official website reports was signed by Rene Meulensteen's side on transfer deadline day, will be the man leading Fulham's line in Berbatov's stead.