Target man: Dembele is being eyed by Tottenham but a deal is not close

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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Liverpool and Manchester United have joined Tottenham in the Premier League race to land Fulham sensation Moussa Dembele, Football Insider sources understand.

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.

A source close to the situation has told Football Insider that the France Under-20 international is expected to remain at Fulham until the end of the season although his future will be sorted out in the coming weeks.

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Liverpool, Manchester United and long-term suitors Spurs have all been in touch with Fulham this month about a deal for the youngster.

Dembele, the namesake and former team-mate of Tottenham midfielder Mousa Dembele, has scored 11 goals this season for relegation-threatened Fulham.

As revealed by Football Insider in November, Dembele has rejected the offer of a four-year contract by the Championship club to replace his existing agreement.

He has also ended his formal alliance with super agent Mino Raiola and is now represented by the brother of Manchester City midfielder Seko Fofana.

Dembele is regarded as Fulham’s prize asset and possessing similar potential to winger Patrick Roberts, who joined Manchester City in an £11million deal last summer.

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The Championship club are in a delicate position as they could receive only a paltry compensation fee if he leaves Craven Cottage at the end of the season.

Fulham would only recoup the £300,000 fee they paid for Dembele in 2012 if he moved overseas in the summer summer but, were he to stay in England, they would be entitled to a far higher fee under Premier League rules.

Should the Londoners and the buying club from England not agree a fee, it would be settled by a tribunal, as in the case of Danny Ings when he joined Liverpool last summer after his Burnley contract had expired.

Dembele signed an initial three-year contract when he joined Fulham from Paris Saint-German. The deal was extended by a further 12 months last summer when both parties decided to trigger the option of a 12-month extension.