Fulham preparing bid for Tottenham’s Belgian outcast

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Fulham are believed to be considering a move to bring former fan favourite Mousa Dembele back to the club in a bid to stave off the threat of relegation from the Premier League.

The Belgian international has long been linked with a return to the club where he first made his name in the English top flight, before moving to Tottenham Hotspur for £15m back in August 2012.

And with new Spurs boss Tim Sherwood eager to trim a squad boasting an abundance of midfield options and give opportunities to academy youngsters like Nabil Bentaleb, Dembele could be among the first to head for the White Hart Lane exit.

The Belgian has thus far failed to replicate the kind of form that first convinced the north London club to acquire his services and with a World Cup looming large, the midfielder may be tempted to push for a move away in a bid to ensure first-team football for the remainder of the season.

Fulham could represent the most realistic option for the 26-year-old, with the club in desperate need of reinforcements to bolster their ailing campaign.

Martin Jol has already been sacked, while his replacement Rene Meulensteen is under increasing pressure to get results in the Premier League, particularly after their 4-1 humbling at the hands of fellow strugglers Sunderland.

The former Manchester United coach is a 20/1 outsider to be the next manager in the division to leave his post, but whether the Dutchman stays or goes, Fulham remain deep in the relegation mire.

Ladbrokes is offering evens on the Cottagers going down this term, though the creativity and hard work of Dembele could be enough to inspire the London club to another great escape.

With a price of 4/5 offered on Meulensteen’s side surviving, the arrival of the Belgian midfielder, most likely on a loan deal until the end of the season, could be enough to ignite their campaign.

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