Tottenham transfer boost as Fulham agree move for potential Dembele replacement

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Fulham are closing in on the signing of Zakaria Labyad.

Fulham striker Moussa Dembele could yet get his move to Tottenham Hotspur after the Championship club moved to sign a potential replacement.

SkySports reported on their live transfer feed at 12.14pm that Fulham have agreed a deal with Sporting Lisbon to sign Zakaria Labyad on loan for the rest of the season.

Labyad, 22, is an exciting player who has struggled for regular football in Portugal, and is a Moroccan international.

His addition is good news for Tottenham as it means they could now get the green light to re-ignite deal to sign Dembele, who underwent a medical with them at the weekend.

Dembele is in the final six months of his contract, but Fulham wanted to secure him back on loan for the rest of the season if they were to agree to a sale now, with that the reason cited by The Guardian for the deal breaking down last night.

They are operating under a transfer embargo, meaning they cannot make any permanent signings, restricting their chances of signing a replacement.

The addition of Labyad on loan solves that problem, and potentially frees up Dembele to make the move to the Premier League.

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