Liverpool and Manchester United aren’t just rivals on the pitch, but it seems the rivalry extends into the transfer arena with both teams fighting to sign Fulham’s rising striker Moussa Dembélé after the 17-year-old wonder has been watched by the two giants.
The French Under-17 international has already built up a huge reputation at the west London club, so much that head coach Martin Jol has even decided to fast track Dembele into the Cottagers’ first team recently,with the forward being chosen on the substitutes’ bench for last Saturday’s home clash with Swansea City in the Premier League.
However, the experienced Dutch manager is also well aware of the growing interest in his rising superstar from the likes of both the Premier League champions and the Merseyside giants , and with Dembele’s current contract only lasting until June 30 2015, Fulham are desperate to keep hold of the Frenchman who they bought from Ligue 1 side Paris Saint- Germain in 2011.
“Dembele came in two years ago and is still under contract,” said Jol of the highly rated 17-year-old.
“He’s only 17 now, but he’s strong and scores goals every match. I took him up to the Under 21s already.
“The boy loves it here. The only thing we’ve got to do is in the next couple of years to keep him here.”
But that hasn’t stopped the Merseyside boss Brendan Rodgers in the chase for Fulham’s emerging French striker. Rodgers sent a three-man team to watch the 17-year-old score twice for the Londoners’ Under-21 side the other week.
Rodgers does not think he has a similar young striker in his squad and is keen to land him in the next window and with Man united on his heels Rodgers wants to make sure he gets in first with the better offer.
But with the two influential clubs looking to nab the rising star, Fulham are ready to fend off interest in French superstar who has managed to register an impressive five goals and one assist so far in his four U21 Premier League matches this season
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