According to an article in the Mail Online, and carried across most media outlets, Premier League side Tottenham face a stiff challenge in their pursuit of Fulham’s teenage hotshot Moussa Dembélé.

According to the Mail Online article, Serie A giants Juventus and AS Roma are waiting in the wings and hoping to steal ahead of Spurs and land the 19-year-old who has represented France from Under-16 to Under-20 levels – scoring 10 goals in the process.

More importantly is his form for Championship side Fulham, who he has scored 11 goals for so far this season with 9 in the league and one each in the League and FA Cups. On top of this, Dembélé has also laid on two assists for teammates in a season that has highlighted his potential and led to interest from teams who will hope to take advantage of the fact that he is out of contract this summer.

Dembélé signed for Fulham from French giants Paris St. Germain in 2012 and has so far played 45 games for the Cottagers, scoring 13 goals, and 12 appearances for Fulham’s Under-21 side, socring seven goals. It is his clinical proficiency in front of goal and his undoubted potential that has raised more than eyebrows from higher league teams.

The Mail Online say of Tottenham’s interest that, “manager Mauricio Pochettino is keen to add him to the young players already thriving at White Hart Lane,” but warn that Pochettino, “faces competition from Italy as well.” With Fulham currently being under a transfer embargo, the best option for the Londoners would be loan players in return for Dembélé, according to the Mail Online. However, speaking to Sky Sports, New Fulham boss Slaviska Jokanovic has reiterated his belief that the talented French forward will be staying at Craven Cottage, along with leading scorer Ross McCormack saying, “I have every intention of keeping these players.”

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