Fulham have shown an interest in Siriki Dembele but the Championship giants have made ‘no recent contact’ for the Peterborough United forward, director of football Barry Fry tells the Peterborough Telegraph.
The London Road outfit have a history when it comes to unearthing diamonds in the rough before turning them into polished gems capable of shining at a far higher level.
And, as Siriki Dembele hopped, skipped and slalomed his way through League One defences during a superb 2020/21 campaign, it seemed only a matter of time before the one-time Grimsby Town prospect was following in the footsteps of Dwight Gayle, George Boyd, Britt Assombalonga and Ivan Toney.
The dazzling Dembele has been linked with Celtic, Rangers, Wolves and Newcastle United.
He even handed in a transfer request in January.
Six months ago, you’d have got long odds on Dembele starting for Peterborough during the opening game of the 2021/22 season, away at Luton Town on August 7.
That appears to be the case, however, with the interest drying up quicker than a puddle in the depths of Death Valley despite suggestions that Dembele is now available for just £4 million (The Sun).
Has Siriki Dembele missed his Fulham chance?
“I suspect that’s his agent trying to drum up interest. I’ve heard nothing from any of those clubs,” Fry said when quizzed about reported interest from Bournemouth, Stoke City and Marco Silva’s Cottagers.
“Fulham have been interested in Siriki for a while, but I’ve had no contact from them recently.”
A change of coach at Craven Cottage – ex-Everton boss Silva replaced Scott Parker a few weeks ago – means a change of transfer plans too.
Fulham have brought in Harry Wilson from Liverpool and could strengthen their frontline further with a £7 million deal for Rodrigo Muniz.