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Saturday, 7 January 2017

Striker Dembele still on Spurs radar


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Tottenham tried to sign Moussa Dembele last January and had a deal all agreed with the player and Fulham. There were reports of him having a medical at White Hart Lane but the deal didn't happen. For whatever reason, he had a change of heart and decided not to join.

At the end of the season, he went to Celtic instead where he could play every week and he has been a huge hit banging in the goals, although it must be remembered the standard of football he is playing.

West Ham have been linked with virtually every striker in the world it seems, the Daily Star reported they had been linked with 30 in just six months, although it is almost certainly more. That certainly shows their appeal or lack of and shows the difficulty of signing players.

  • Zlatan Ibrahimovich (Manchester United)
  • Theo Walcott (Arsenal)
  • Janie Vardy (Leicester City)
  • Marcus Rashford (Manchester United)
  • Alexandre Lacazette (PSG)
  • Carlos Bacca (AC Milan)
  • Michy Batshuayi (Chelsea)
  • Moussa Dembele (Celtic)
  • Anthony Martial (Manchester United)
  • Aleksandar Mitrovic (Newcastle United)
  • Jermain Defoe (Sunderland)
  • Christian Benteke (Crystal Palace)
  • Callum Wilson (Bournemouth)
  • Jese Rodriguez (PSG)
  • Shane Long (Southampton)
  • Scott Hogan (Brentford)
  • Vincent Janssen (Tottenham Hotspur)
  • Wilfried Bony (Manchester City)
  • Martin Braithwaite (Toulouse)
  • Nikola Kalinic (Fiorentina)
  • Ademola Lookman (Everton)
  • Eder (Lille)
  • Mario Mandzukik (Juventus)
  • Mario Gomez (VfL Wolfsburg)
  • Gregoir Defrel (Sassuolo)
  • Andre-Pierre Gignac (Tigres UANL)
  • Lucas Pratto (Atlético Mineiro)
  • Davie Selke (RB Leipzig)

Some fans are asking did we miss a trick not signing Dembele, but the player himself turned down the move, you can't force a player to sign, so it isn't a question of making a mistake and missing out on him.

We have continued to watch him at Celtic and reports are suggesting we will make a move for him again. Celtic certainly won't want to lose him this month and have slapped a reported £30 million price tag on him, not bad for a free transfer signing. Fulham should have made more efforts to sell him and at least get something for him, but they rather shot themselves in the foot in the same way WBA have with Saido Berahino.



  1. Not that I want to lose Dembele from Celtic but wanted to make a few points to move away from the populist mandatory response of "remember teh standard he is playing at"..

    1. Agreed not as good as EPL but again our league isnt awash with money where english teams are being destroyed with money grabbing journeyman who only dilute the english national squad

    2. Remember his age!..then look at his strength and control.. Standard isnt too bad when 1 Man City player is worth more than our team!.. 2 games and lucky Man C came away with draws!

    3. French U21 player of the year!.. did you see his goals against England!

    4. Would you question Zidane???

    5. Spurs should be asking the question, what the hell did we do to stop him from signing... Maybe it wasnt fashionable to spend a small amount on a player when you can sign one for Millions and turn out to be wait for it another journeyman with no loyalty!

  2. Agreed with the above.
    How's Wanyama working out for you? Shame you didn't sign van Dijk and Forster too...
    Maybe a change of attitude towards Scottish football would see you sign better players rather than dismissing them and signing overpriced average dross

    1. this guy has a point a very strong one at that! so easy not to scout properly anymore and the Scout system at celtic seems to be ahead of most with finding talent. all to easy to whip out 10, 20, 30m because he played in epl. all to risky for us to take unknown players now and turn them into great players. keep them coming celtic fine job!

    2. Wanyama's working out extremely well for us thank you. I was a bit of a doubter myself, before the fact. That said I commented at the time I had enough trust in MP to wait till he got here and see what he could do.

      As we now know, he's a beast. An unbelievable player for that position.

      Don't let him loose in front of goal mind, as he's taken a number of weedy shots from very promising positions. All that said, I'm more than happy with him.

  3. 1) The reason we did not sign him last January is that Fulham wanted him loaned back to them for the rest of the season and Levy refused. By the time of the Summer transfer window, apparently we had moved on to other striker targets, specifically Batshuyai, with Janssen as a back up if we lost out on Batshuyai.

    2) Evidently not pursuing Dembele was a considerable mistake on our part, as he appears to have been a great bargain at the price and has been on fire for Celtic, whereas Janssen has struggled in the EPL and Batshuyai has been warming the bench at Chelsea. Fair play to Celtic for recognizing his talent and signing him from under our nose! There are undoubtedly a lot of EPL clubs who missed out on signing him, not just us.

    3) I'm old enough to remember when Celtic won the European Cup, with an all home grown team, so full respect to the Bhoys, a great club with an illustrious history. Unfortunately, the footballing landscape in Scotland these days is very different and there is a huge financial disparity with the EPL. So, given that gulf in financial muscle, Celtic gave a great account of themselves in the 2 games against Man City in this years Champions League.

    1. 1, Levy agreed to a loan back with Fulham after initially try to negotiate not to have one, so that isn't correct. A deal was AGREED with Fulham.

      2. The player himself knew what he wanted to do and that was not to come to Spurs where he would have been behind Harry Kane, he chose a club where he could play every week and no doubt made that decision in January.

  4. I support both Spurs and Celtic so watch them both regularly and I would argue that Janssen and Dembele are at very similar levels in terms of ability. Both get/got goals at a lesser level, but need time to find feet at top level. Dembele wasn't prolific in The Championship and I'd imagine we'd have similar feelings for him as we do for Janssen had we signed him.

    The £20-30m figures touted for Dembele are ridiculous for what games he can be judged on (CL league). He may end up at a mid table Prem team and bang them in. Then he'll get the big move. Right now he isn't ready.

  5. I find myself largely in accordance with everything said here. I believe Dembele (ss) is a fine talent and could do well at Spurs if he makes the trip south.

    As Janssen has shown though, simply being outstanding at less competitive levels isn't a guarantee of shining in the EPL. Fulham clearly shot themselves in the foot on this one.

    In the mean time, I for one, am happy he's making a name for himself north of the border. Particularly with the Bhoys.

    1. Re Janssen...if he's not given sufficient playing time he's not going to settle in is he?
      Meanwhile HK turns in two indifferent performances but will no doubt be starting tomorrow...
      So, what was the point in buying Janssen in the first place?

    2. It's definitely a tricky situation as Poch cannot afford pick a player who doesn't perform, but I've seen enough to think there is a good player lurking behind his lack of confidence. His hold up play is decent, he might be a good option off the bench when seeing trying to see a game out. That being said I expect him to start tomorrow, maybe with HK.

      As far a HK goes, he was immense against Watford but was well marshalled against Chelski. It must be hard for a lone striker to go up against 3 CBs. I have nothing but love for HK, he has proved his quality over the last two and a half seasons.

    3. @hibberni.
      I don't see that getting game time is the prerequisite for getting more game time. That's what training sessions are for. Whoever shows up in training gets the game time. That's how it works. When a player gets game time, then he has to perform.

      I love to watch Janssen as, like Lamela and even Soldado, you can see he always gives everything he's got. He still has more to learn about Premiership football at the top level but I feel confident he'll keep pushing until he gets up there with some of the best.

      Until he does though, and he's not really fired yet TBF, we can expect to see him as and when he can be fitted in, and particularly when his terrier-like tenacity and determination are called for in a game.

      Let's see what he comes up with against the Villans. I'm hoping he goes out there and impresses. I'd like to see more of him.

      As to the point of buying him in the first place - well that's what everyone was talking about most of last season. Someone to cover for HK when he's unavailable. He may not be quite a shoe-in yet, but that was the obvious idea.

  6. I have to say I always look out for Celtic results myself.



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