The People report that Manchester United are weighing up making an offer for Fulham forward-turned midfielder Moussa Dembele as a cheaper alternative to previous targets Luka Modric and Wesley Sneijder.
Dembele has excelled since joining Fulham in 2010 from AZ Alkmaar, and has previously attracted the attention of fellow Premier League outfit Tottenham, who were rumoured to be eyeing up a deal in the January transfer window.
Reports suggested that Spurs had two bids of £6 million and £10 million turned down by the west London club in January, but their attention appears to be focused on Marsielle’s Loic Remy amongst others as they go about solving their striker shortage.
Cottagers boss Martin Jol rates the Belgian international highly, and has deployed him in a deeper midfield role in recent weeks having previously as a striker.
Now the People report that Dembele is being closely monitored by Manchester United scouts and that Sir Alex Ferguson is contemplating making an offer at the end of the season.
The fact that Dembele is in the final year of his current deal at Craven Cottage will appeal to Manchester United and Ferguson, who has often spoke of the need to find value in the often over-inflated transfer market.
United have been repeatedly linked with a series of high-profile midfield signings in recent years, with Sneijder in particular the subject of the Old Trafford club’s overtures.
While Ferguson is reportedly interested in signing Lille midfielder Eden Hazard, who will likely cost in the region of £25 million, Dembele would represent a cheaper alternative to his midfield options.
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