Belgian attacking midfielder Moussa Dembele, who transferred from Dutch side AZ Alkmaar to Fulham for a fee of £5 million in 2010 , is reportedly on the radar of big Premier league clubs including Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham as they prepare for next season, according to a Goal.com report.
While Spurs' two bids for the 24-year-old Belgian have already been rejected by Fulham, the Gunners and the Reds are reportedly quietly monitoring the situation, at least for the time being.
However, Fulham are keen on keeping the talented Belgian, whose contract expires next year, despite the fact they will not be able to pay him as much as Liverpool and Arsenal. That is why Fulham boss Martin Jol has reportedly asked his club officials to persuade Dembele, who currently earns £35,000 per week, to sign a new contract as fast as possible. The Cottagers may be forced to sell Dembele if he refuses to sign a new contract with them.
Dembele, who is valued at £15 million by Fulham, is one of the fastest players to mature this season making him one of the most sought-after players in the upcoming transfer season.
Signed originally as a forward, Jol has used Dembele in many positions. However, he really started developing and maturing as a footballer after being played as an attacking midfielder, alongside Fulmam skipper Danny Murhy.
"His end product is an issue. But if you play him in the right role with the right players he can make an impact," Goal.com quoted a source as saying.
Jol, who is a huge admirer of Dembele, feels the talented Belgian will become a big player one day.
"In a few months, maybe a year, he will be like Rafa van der Vaart. Dembele will learn and go on to become one of the best players in the Premier League," Jol added.