Fulham have accepted a bid from Tottenham, for Belgian midfielder Moussa Dembele. The transfer fee will activate the player's release clause of £15m and if personal terms are satisfactory and a medical is passed, the 25 year old will join as replacement for Croatian playmaker Luka Modric, who completes his long-discussed move to Spanish champions Real Madrid.
The Belgian international signed for Fulham in 2010, by then manager Mark Hughes, for £3.2m from Dutch side AZ Alkmaar.
The proposed move for Dembele comes after Ukrainian club Shakhtar rejected Spurs' £11.8m approach for Brazilian Willian, who it is believed the White Hart Lane club want as cover for Englishman Aaron Lennon on the right flank. Spurs have also been linked with moves for Rennes midfielder Yann M'Vila but AVB has made it clear the 22 year old is not a replacement for Modric, considering the former is primarily a defensive-minded player.
Meanwhile, Spurs have also agreed a deal for Olympique Lyon goal keeper Hugo Lloris. ESPN reports a fee in the region of £12m has been agreed upon, after the 25 year old French international told his club he wanted the transfer. The Frenchman is seen as a better long-term option to the 41 year old Brad Friedel and the news almost certainly means 26 year old Brazilian Heurelho Gomes is likely to leave the club and return to Brazil.
"I told Hugo today about certain exchanges (with Spurs)," Lyon president Jean-Michael Aulas was quoted as saying by the Daily Mail, "Things progressed during these talks but nothing's concrete yet. I've informed Hugo of these discussions. We'll have to be a bit patient to find out. The decision belongs to Hugo who, I think, will be approached by Tottenham very soon."
"The clubs' positions have moved closer together. It is up to him to decide if the conditions of the transfer are suitable, in terms of what he expects in fiscal and sporting terms," Aulas added.