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Fulham homecoming for Mousa Dembele would suit both parties this summer

Max Cohen

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This week, Sky Italy, as reported by Sky Sports, have suggested that Napoli, Juventus, and Inter Milan were all exploring signing Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Mousa Dembele.

Although interest from some of Serie A’s biggest clubs will undoubtedly tempt the Belgian, Dembele should instead choose to remain in the Premier League and sign for his former club Fulham.

Unfortunately for Tottenham supporters, it appears as if Mauricio Pochettino is willing to listen to offers for the 30-year-old central midfielder, even following one of the Belgian’s brightest seasons to date.

But if Dembele is to leave north London, he should stay in the capital and maintain his status in the world’s best domestic league, where he can be the star of the show at Craven Cottage.

The Belgian’s first foray into English football came at Fulham, when the southwest London club signed Dembele from AZ Alkmaar back in 2010.

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Manager Mark Hughes initially utilised him as a striker, but Dembele truly found success when played in a defensive midfield role under Martin Jole in the 2011/12 season.

His remarkable performances that season caught the eye of Tottenham, who bought Dembele along with fellow Fulham player Clint Dempsey on the summer transfer deadline day in 2012.

Dembele has a proud history at Craven Cottage where he is still a firm fan favourite, and a move back to his former stomping ground would suit both parties.

Newly-promoted Fulham are eager to make a splash in their first season in the top-flight since 2013/14, and are searching for a world-class acquisition in the centre of midfield.

Dembele also seems to be on the way out at White Hart Lane, as recent reports on Wednesday from French outlets France Football and RMC even linked the Belgian with a big-money move to a Chinese club.

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If he returned to Fulham, the experienced midfielder would be guaranteed first-team football week-in, week-out by the banks of the Thames – a prospect that would be hard to come by at the Italian giants.

Slavisa Jokanovic’s team is known for its attacking, possession-based style, but also requires a steely presence in midfield to complement more forward-thinking players.

Dembele offers the perfect mix of defensive resoluteness as well as driving, attacking runs, a combination that would be welcomed by Fulham.

Mousa Dembele would do well to stay in the Premier League and return to Fulham, boosting the Cottagers’ ambitions while becoming the main talent at the top-flight club.

Max is a journalist studying at the University of Pennsylvania. Max specialises in English football and co-hosts a weekly podcast. He is also a politics reporter and deputy news editor for The Daily Pennsylvanian.

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Alireza Jahanbakhsh perfect alternative to Malcom if Tottenham miss out

The Iran international scored 22 league goals last season.

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Tottenham Hotspur are edging closer to signing Brazilian starlet Malcom from Bordeaux with the 21-year-old keen to make the switch from Ligue 1 to the Premier League, according to The Sun.

However, despite the apparent interest from Spurs, no formal bid has been made by the North London side and, considering the rife competition for the youngster’s signature from around Europe, other alternatives should be considered.

This is where Iranian World Cup star Alireza Jahanbakhsh comes into the mix. The talented 24-year-old forward could be the perfect alternative to Malcom if Spurs miss out on signing the Brazilian starlet.

You only have to look as far back as last season to see the quality Jahanbakhsh possesses. Plying his trade in the Eredivisie with AZ Alkmaar the forward managed to notch up an impressive 22 goals and 14 assists in 39 appearances for the Dutch side.

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This killer instinct in front of goal is something Spurs have been craving to lift some of the pressure off of talisman Harry Kane’s shoulders in recent seasons.

Furthermore the Iranian international has to ability to play anywhere along the front three and is equally capable of playing with both feet, two traits which led to Spurs’ interest in Malcom in the first place.

However, despite the forwards fantastic record and undeniable talent, there will always be an element of risk when requiring a player from the Dutch top flight, with many players in the past failing to step up and settle into life in the Premier League.

Nevertheless, Jahanbakhsh’ World Cup performances for Iran proved he is more than capable of stepping up to play on the big stage. This is something Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino should consider if they miss out on signing Malcom.

It remains to be seen whether or not Tottenham will land the signature of Bordeaux’s Malcom. However, if they don’t, Jahanbakhsh could prove to be a savvy bit of business and a cheaper alternative.

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Plenty of Tottenham fans react on Twitter to Dejan Lovren’s World Cup dismay

The Liverpool defender lost the World Cup final to France earlier today.

Mathew Nash

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Dejan Lovren has somehow developed a troubled relationship with the fanbase of Tottenham Hotspur. It seemed to develop after he was torn apart by Harry Kane in October during Spurs’ 4-1 victory at Wembley.

That was the turning point in his Liverpool career and Lovren has been in much better form ever since that fateful day.

The World Cup started the debate once again.

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When England faced Croatia in the semi-finals Tottenham’s Kane struggled to get the better of the Liverpool man who put in a stellar performance.

It led Lovren to dub himself one of the best in the world and Tottenham fans were not fond of that statement, especially with Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld in their ranks.

Lovren did not have his best game today. France scored four goals as they won the World Cup. Lovren played average, but will not be pleased with how the game panned out.

Tottenham fans loved it. The result also meant their captain Hugo Lloris, who himself made a massive error in the game, lifted the World Cup for the first time.

It led many Tottenham fans to revel in the misery of their apparent rival…

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Tottenham Hotspur round-up: Gomes hopes, Lozano working on deal Lloris glory

All the latest news and gossip from Tottenham Hotspur.

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Gomes wants Spurs

Barcelona midfielder Andre Gomes wants a move to Tottenham Hotspur this summer, according to Mundo Deportivo.

The report claims the 24-year-old is on his way out of Barcelona, after being dropped by Ernesto Valverde last season.

His preferred destination is said to be Tottenham, where he would relish the chance to work with Mauricio Pochettino.

However, it is not known if Tottenham hold a serious interest in the Portuguese international.

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Lozano’s agent at work

Don Balon is reporting that Mexico winger Hirving Lozano has sent his agent to discuss a move to Tottenham.

The PSV Eindhoven attacker impressed at the World Cup and has been linked with a big move this summer.

The Mexican is, in fact, hopeful, according to the report, that the interest from Tottenham can spark a bidding war from Barcelona and Real Madrid.

World Cup glory

Tottenham have double the reason to celebrate on the final day of the World Cup. Their captain Hugo Lloris has won the World Cup with his nation France. Les Bleus defeated Croatia 4-2 in Moscow this evening to secure their second triumph. Lloris however, had a moment to forget, being tackled for Mario Mandzukic for Croatia’s second goal.

Harry Kane is now the Golden Boot winner. He scored six goals at the tournament and nobody from Croatia or France managed to catch him.

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