Exclusive: Fulham star duo told they will remain at club until end of the season

By Editor Wayne Veysey| Former Evening Standard, Press Association and Goal chief correspondent with 17 years experience of breaking big stories, including exclusives like this

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Fulham star pair Moussa Dembele and Ross McCormack will not be sold by the club this month, Football Insider sources understand.

The club have received strong interest in the duo during the January window but both players have been told they will stay at Craven Cottage until the end of the season.

A Fulham source has told Football Insider that senior figures fear the club will be relegated from the Championship if they were to sell either of their two leading scorers.

Fulham have been slapped with a transfer embargo this month by the Football League and can only sign players on loan.

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The west Londoners are 19th in the table and just four points above the drop zone, with a young team reliant for goals from 17-goal top scorer McCormack and 11-goal Dembele.

Target man: Middlesbrough have had a bid rejected for McCormack

As revealed by Football Insider on Monday, Liverpool and Manchester United have joined Tottenham in the Premier League race to land Dembele. But the teenage striker is also on the target list of Continental big guns Juventus and Monaco as he assesses his options.

Dembele, 19, is out of contract in the summer and can sign a pre-agreement with a foreign club from this month.

Meanwhile, Fulham have rejected a £10million bid from Middlesbrough for McCormack, who was absent from the team’s 1-0 defeat to Hull last Saturday.