Report: Spurs will sign Moussa Dembele for first team, youngster could be exchanged

The 19-year-old Fulham forward has reportedly been earmarked for a place in the Tottenham first team.

Tottenham Hotspur have opened talks to sign Fulham's Moussa Dembele, according to the Daily Mail.

And the north London side will reportedly bring the teenager straight into the first team at White Hart Lane.

Fulham will be used to dealing with Tottenham, having sold them Mousa Dembele in the past. Add one 's' and it brings you to the start of 2016, when Mauricio Pochettino needs a back-up striker for Harry Kane and is willing to put his faith in Dembele - a little like he did with Dele Alli.

The Mail report that the Fulham forward will be relied upon as a prominent member of the first-team squad, with one youngster going the other way to sweeten the deal for the west London outfit.

It's not specified which youngster could leave Spurs but Fulham are said to be evaluating which of the club's fringe players they could bring to Craven Cottage.

The news suggests Tottenham are prepared to put a lot of emphasis on Dembele, who has developed a strong rapport with the Fulham faithful.

How fans at White Hart Lane feel about the prospect of a 19-year-old being drafted in to solve their shortage up front is unclear but there is certainly some logic behind it. This way, Tottenham won't have to pay an extortionate fee for an older striker, while Kane will remain by far their most important centre-forward.

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