Moussa Dembele: The 19-year-old Tottenham should sign... who is very familiar

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Could Tottenham raid Fulham again for another Dembele?

The transfer window is a matter of weeks away rather than months, and Tottenham Hotspur's priority is likely to be securing a striker to back-up Harry Kane.

The profile of the player is likely to be this: Young with a tonne of upside, ability to play up front on his own, happy to learn from the bench, able to make an impact and score goals - and importantly not cost the earth.

There may be several players who fit this criteria, but only one has a name as familiar as Fulham's Moussa Dembele.

You read that right, not Mousa Dembele the Tottenham midfielder, but Moussa Dembele the current Fulham striker, who is enjoying a breakout season at Craven Cottage.

At just 19-years-old, he has a creditable record of seven goals in 16 appearances this season, with two assists along the way, despite the presence of big money signing Ross McCormack.

Fulham's Dembele hails from France, rather than Belgium, and is a youth international, appearing at every level from under-16 to under-20s.

He signed from PSG's youth system in 2012 when Fulham were still in the Premier League, and a couple of years back was linked with a switch to Manchester United, reported The Mail. In just his second season for the under-18s he netted 23 goals, and was then given intermittent chances in the first team, and is beginning to blossom this campaign.

Fulham are currently attempting to get him to sign a new contract, with his current deal set to expire at the end of the season.

Kit Symons told London24 a fortnight ago he was confident this would get done, but he has since been fired as manager, and it is unclear if Fulham's hopes of retaining the striker will have been enhanced or derailed by this development.

A chance to play for a Premier League club would undoubtedly be tempting for Dembele, especially one like Spurs who are proving under Mauricio Pochettino they are a club willing to give opportunities to young players.

His contract situation makes him particularly affordable for Tottenham, and this is not a saga which will see Fulham demanding more than £25 million as West Brom did with Saido Berahino in the summer, instead the west London club would be lucky to see half that, despite Dembele's potential.

It would be the second time in his career Dembele has followed Dembele, with Tottenham signing the Belgian midfielder two months later in late August in 2012.

Dembele at Tottenham would have a very familiar feel, and if he continues his development then it could be one of the smartest transfers the club make, and while Fulham would be loathe to lose him, if he is not going to sign a new contract, then cash in January is better than seeing him quit on a free in the summer.

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