Tottenham Hotspur have failed in a £10million bid to poach highly rated striker Moussa Dembele from Fulham reports the London Metro.
The move mirrors a deadline day attempt to lure the 23-year-old Belgian international to White Hart Lane in the January transfer window after an impressive first half to the season at Craven Cottage following Dembele's £5million transfer from AZ Alkmaar.
Spurs boss Harry Redknapp is keen to strengthen his attacking options this summer, with reports linking a number of Tottenham's current strikers with moves away from North London this summer.
Looking to mount a renewed push for a top-four finish and thus securing qualification for the Champions League again next season, Tottenham may return with a player-plus-cash deal for Dembele that includes Robbie Keane heading in the opposite direction.
Keane is rumoured to be keen to link up again with newly-appointed Fulham boss Martin Jol, having worked under the Dutch master during his time in the White Hart Lane hotseat.
Dembele is used to being the subject of a Barclays Premier League transfer battle having courted the attention of both Birmingham City and Fulham last summer after a series of impressive performances in Holland.
Jol's first task upon his arrival at Craven Cottage will be to convince the club's key players to commit their respective futures to the Cottagers, in an attempt to build on the West Londoners 8th placed finish in the league this term, they will also embark on a Europa League adventure next campaign after qualifying through the UEFA Fair Play league.
Redknapp meanwhile, will continue to put pressure on Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy to provide the necessary cash to land three 'top quality' signings ahead of the new season, with Brazilian starlet Leandro Damiao, Football Writer's Player of the Year Scott Parker, and Dembele heading the list of White Hart Lane targets.
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