Why Tottenham hold all the cards in their reported Moussa Dembele pursuit

If Tottenham Hotspur really want the Fulham striker, they should make an offer the Championship side simply cannot refuse given his contract situation.

According to a recent report from the London Evening Standard, Tottenham Hotspur can sign £6million-rated Moussa Dembele from Fulham this month if they agree to send him straight back on loan to the Championship side.

The same newspaper later claimed that Dembele did not want that and that he was willing to hold out until the summer when he will be available on a free, rather than spend the second half of the current campaign belonging to one club but playing for another.

But whatever the truth of the situation, Tottenham hold all the cards in this particular transfer race.

With his contract coming to an end this summer, Dembele looks almost certain to be playing elsewhere come the new campaign. The only question is: Just how soon will he move on?

Fulham will not be held to ransom, but at the same time they will know the only chance of them getting a substantial fee is if they sell in the current transfer window. It is either that or risk a nominal fee at best further down the road.

Tottenham also know that they are becoming a very attractive option for young players as manager Mauricio Pochettino is not afraid to give youth a chance and Spurs are very much on the up, with a surprise title-charge still on the cards in 2016.

There are other clubs interested in Dembele, with AS Monaco and Wolfsburg both making offers to the player according to the Standard, but if the 19-year-old wants to remain in England, Tottenham seems the best fit.

Spurs have already proved savvy when it comes to bringing in the next generation of stars, as proved most emphatically with the signing of Dele Alli this time last year, and they will know that while other targets will be a lot harder to come by, they need only make a relatively big offer for Dembele to get their man, with the back-up option of a free transfer an enticing alternative.

Register for TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch