Premier League strugglers Fulham are eyeing a January move for Peterborough United attacker Siriki Dembele, according to The Sun (18 October, page 61).
It’s fair to say the Posh have a fine track record when it comes to polishing rough diamonds before selling them on to clubs higher up the Football League pyramid.
And, two years after snapping up the fleet-footed Dembele from Grimsby Town, Darren Ferguson’s side could be about to make another major profit on a man who is attracting admiring glances from at least one top-flight club.
Fulham have been watching developments in London Road closely, although the Cottagers have yet to decide whether Dembele is ready to make an immediate step up to the Premier League.
A 24-year-old Ivorian who honed his considerable talents in the same Nike Football Academy that unearthed the likes of Tom Rogic and Matty Cash, Dembele isn’t a prolific goalscorer like former Peterborough graduates Ivan Toney or Dwight Gayle.
But the gifted attacking midfielder is perhaps the most technically gifted footballer in League One, slaloming through even the wildest of challenges before carving apart opposition defences with his pinpoint passes.
“I saw Dembele play a couple of years ago. He’s a fantastic prospect and I hope he continues his development,” Harry Kewell, a man who knows a thing or two about shining in the Premier League, told the Grimsby Telegraph.
Fulham have been much improved in their last two Premier League matches and finally got a point on the board in Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Sheffield United.
But with Aleksandar Mitrovic perhaps suffering from a lack of quality service, could Dembele be the link between a cultured midfield and an often isolated Cottagers front line?