United will fight the Reds for Fulham’s Moussa Dembele…
Manchester United and Liverpool will compete for the signing of Fulham’s 17-year-old French youth international striker Moussa Dembele (not to be confused with the Tottenham midfielder of the same name), reports The Daily Mirror.
Dembele is extremely powerful for his age, and has drawn comparisons to Belgian forward Romelu Lukaku, and Chelsea legend Didier Drogba.
Fulham boss Martin Jol has turned down several loan offers for the striker, but Reds boss Brendan Rodgers sent three scouts to watch him score twice for the Cottagers’ Under-21 side at the weekend, and his talent is quickly becoming noticed by England’s biggest clubs.
United are also impressed with the youngster, and David Moyes has shown in his treatment of Adnan Januzaj that if you’re good enough, you’re old enough.
Similarly, Rodgers has given young players like Raheem Sterling, Suso, Andre Wisdom and Jordon Ibe their debuts for Liverpool.
With Fulham struggling though, Jol may be prepared to take a punt on the forward in the near future, with current first-choice striker Dimitar Berbatov being booed off following the weekend defeat to Liverpool because of his shoddy work-rate.
Dembele is also capable of playing on the left-wing, but his future will no doubt be in a central role, probably as a lone striker. He joined Fulham from PSG in 2012, and has represented various French youth sides ever since.