Tottenham Hotspur may be forced to look elsewhere for a new striker during the January transfer window after Fulham boss Martin Jol issued a hands of warning to his former club over hitman Moussa Dembele.
The Belgium international caught the eye of Spurs boss Harry Redknapp during his side’s fortunate 3-1 win over their London rivals before the international break, and reports suggested the White Hart Lane-based outfit were preparing to launch a bid for Dembele when the January transfer window opens.
The Fulham-faithful would have likely been concerned after hearing Dembele describe a potential switch from west to north London as a “step higher”, but Jol, who spent two seasons with Spurs and guided them to consecutive 5th placed finishes, is adamant that the 24-year-old can will stay put over the festive period.
“There is a lot of interest in good players and I've got a few.” Jol told Sky Sports.
"It's up to us to keep them here and that's what we're trying to do.”
"I think Dembele could develop into one of the best. He's better on the ball than any other number 10s I know. The only step he has to take now is play more killer balls and finish.
"Dembele gives us an extra dimension. For me it's important I've got good players.
"If they are better than average players it's only good for the club." The Cottagers boss added.
The former Hamburg and Ajax boss also faces a battle to keep hold of striker Andy Johnson, with west London rivals QPR said to be courting the 30-year-old.
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