Transfer news – Fulham complete £5m Dembele capture

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Mark Hughes has completed his first signing as Fulham manager having snapped up striker Moussa Dembele from AZ Alkmaar for a fee worth around £5m.

Birmingham were also reportedly interested in the 23-year-old, but Dembele was swayed by the likelihood of more first-team opportunities at Fulham, whose attacking options comprise only Bobby Zamora and the injury-prone Andy Johnson.

The Belgian international has scored 24 league goals in 118 appearances for the 2008/09 Dutch champions, and he has signed a three-year contract at Craven Cottage.

Dembele could feature for Fulham in their next Premier League fixture, which will be against Manchester United on Sunday. A Fulham win at Craven Cottage is priced at 9/2.

Elsewhere in the Premier League, Stoke have completed the signing of Ipswich captain Jonathan Walters for an initial fee of £2.75m.

Walters has signed a four-year deal at the Britannia Stadium, and as a player who can operate as a striker or a midfielder, the 26-year-old will bring versatility to the Stoke squad.

Stoke are 13/5 to win their next match against Tottenham, and Walters is expected to be named on the bench for this tie.

Blackpool, meanwhile, have signed Israeli defender Dekel Keinan on a free transfer from Maccabi Haifa.

The 25-year-old has penned a one-year contract and becomes the seventh player to arrive at Bloomfield Road this summer.

Having been granted a work permit, Keinan is expected to be included in Blackpool’s squad to face Arsenal on Saturday – a match the Seasiders are a huge 14/1 to win. Can they pull off a second successive shock? See the full Arsenal vs Blackpool Match Betting Odds market.

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Robbie studied sports journalism at the University of Gloucestershire, an establishment chosen for its proximity to Cheltenham racecourse, where he was a season ticket holder. Upon graduation, Robbie was a contributor to GolfPunk, a national magazine aimed at ridding golf of its traditionalist image, before joining the news.ladbrokes team.