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Tottenham 2 Everton 2: Premier League match report

Tottenham 2 Everton 2: Sigurdsson rescues stuttering Spurs from disastrous defeat as top-four race hots up

PUBLISHED:

14:59 GMT, 7 April 2013

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UPDATED:

15:15 GMT, 7 April 2013

A late equaliser from Gylfi Sigurdsson rescued Tottenham from a crucial defeat but the pressure to reach the top four regardless continues to grow.

Emmanuel Adebayor had given the home side a first-minute lead from close range before through Phil Jagielka's equaliser and Kevin Mirallas' excellent finish rivals Everton had taken a second-half lead.

With the crowd getting anxious and time running out, Sigurdsson popped up with the all-important equaliser though Tottenham may still view it as two points dropped.

Early opener: Emmanuel Adebayor scored in the opening minute

Early opener: Emmanuel Adebayor scored in the opening minute

Match facts

Tottenham: Lloris, Walker, Caulker, Dawson, Vertonghen, Parker, Dembele (Huddlestone, 45), Sigurdsson, Holtby, Dempsey, Adebayor

Subs not used: Friedel, Naughton, Assou-Ekotto, Livermore, Ceballas, Carroll

Goals: Adebayor 1, Sigurdsson 87

Everton: Howard, Coleman, Jagielka, Distin, Baines, Mirallas, Osman, Gibson, Heitinga, Barkley (Jelavic, 52), Anichebe

Subs not used: Mucha, Stones, Duffy, Oviedo, Hitzlsperger, Naismith

Goals: Jagielka 15, Mirallas 53

Ref: Andre Marriner

Att: 36,192

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More to follow…

The equaliser: Phil Jagielka equalised for Everton in the 15th minute

The equaliser: Phil Jagielka equalised for Everton in the 15th minute

Three points: Thanks to Kevin Mirallas, Everton were only minutes from an important victory

Three points: Thanks to Kevin Mirallas, Everton were only minutes from an important victory

Battle: Spurs' Michael Dawson and Everton's Victor Anichebe were competing throughout

Battle: Spurs' Michael Dawson and Everton's Victor Anichebe were competing throughout

Famous guests: Paul Gascoigne and Gary Mabbutt were present at White Hart Lane

Famous guests: Paul Gascoigne and Gary Mabbutt were present at White Hart Lane

Classy: Moussa Dembele has been one of Tottenham's best players this season

Classy: Moussa Dembele has been one of Tottenham's best players this season

Pivotal: Sigurdsson's equaliser could yet be the difference in the Champions League race

Pivotal: Sigurdsson's equaliser could yet be the difference in the Champions League race

Remaining Premier League fixtures

TOTTENHAM

Apr 21 Man City (H), 1.30pm
Apr 27 Wigan (A), 3pm
May 4 Southampton (H), 3pm
May 12 Stoke (A), 3pm
May 19 Sunderland (H), 4pm
TBC Chelsea (A)

EVERTON

Apr 13 QPR (H), 3pm
Apr 16 Arsenal (A), 7.45pm
Apr 20 Sunderland (A), 3pm
Apr 27 Fulham (H), 3pm
May 4 Liverpool (A), 3pm
May 12 West Ham (H), 3pm
May 19 Chelsea (A), 4pm

Newcastle United fans pay homage to new French arrivals in Premier League match at Aston Villa

Vive la Revolu-TOON! Newcastle fans celebrate the new boys with French flags, berets and even a few onions

By
Adam Shergold

PUBLISHED:

20:42 GMT, 29 January 2013

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UPDATED:

01:09 GMT, 30 January 2013

It's not the most likely of places for a modern-day French Revolution – but the locals seem to be willing to give it a chance.

Newcastle United fans who have made the journey to Aston Villa for tonight's crucial Barclays Premier League match have certainly embraced the influx of FIVE French or French-speaking players in the January transfer window.

They've turned up at Villa Park armed with their Gallic Tricolores, berets, moustaches and onions to herald the new arrivals.

French fancy: These travelling Newcastle United fans heralded the arrival of their five new French signings in the away end at Villa Park tonight

French fancy: These travelling Newcastle United fans heralded the arrival of their five new French signings in the away end at Villa Park tonight

Enough to make you weep: This fan wore a string of onions while waving a French Tricolore

Enough to make you weep: This fan wore a string of onions while waving a French Tricolore

Gallic flair: These lads certainly looked the part in their berets and cravates

Gallic flair: These lads certainly looked the part in their berets and cravates

It started on January 4, when Mathieu
Debuchy arrived in a 5m move from Lille, but Alan Pardew's French
resistance against the threat of relegation has continued.

In the space of four days from January 22, four more cross-channel imports joined The Toon.

They were Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa from
Montpellier, Yoan Gouffran from Bordeaux, Massadio Haidara from Nancy
and Moussa Sissoko from Toulouse.

Pardew will hope they will prove the difference between Premier League survival and a drop into the Championship.

Flag day: This fan holds up a French flag before kick-off at Villa Park

Flag day: This fan holds up a French flag before kick-off at Villa Park

‘When you’re looking for players and
you’re trying to find the secret ingredient for your team, it’s not
always easy for them to come and fit as well as they did in the first
half,’ he said.

‘I was a little bit surprised if I’m
honest. Sissoko really grabbed the game by the horns and that’s what we
needed because with Demba Ba’s departure from a team that hasn’t been
winning, we really needed him for this game.

‘We worked really hard this week on integrating the players. They’re not here to save us, they’re here to help us.’

'Allez': These supporters had a message for the boys as they chased three crucial points

'Allez': These supporters had a message for the boys as they chased three crucial points

New colours: Many French flags were in evidence in the Newcastle end

New colours: Many French flags were in evidence in the Newcastle end

He continued: ‘In the second half we got nervous and the French lads ran out of legs and steam but we hung on and showed the other side.

‘We know what we’ve been missing. Sissoko was magnificent in the first half and I have to pay tribute to the captain and the other established players for giving the new boys the welcome they got.

‘They (Gouffran and Sissoko) are both in wheelchairs at the minute – they’ve got cramp!

‘We lost such an important game against Reading, we couldn’t really afford to lose tonight; we couldn’t afford to draw, once we’d gone 2-0 up.’

League One round-up: Tranmere go top after Sheffield United slip-up

League One round-up: Tranmere go top after Blades slip-up

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21:30 GMT, 29 December 2012

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UPDATED:

21:30 GMT, 29 December 2012

Tranmere went top of npower League One by a point as they claimed a 1-0 victory over struggling Scunthorpe.

Cole Stockton grabbed the only goal of the game just before the hour mark at Prenton Park as Rovers took advantage of a slip-up by Sheffield United.

The Blades lost 3-2 at home to bottom club Hartlepool, who picked up just their second win of the season.

Top dogs: Tranmere beat Scunthorpe 1-0 to leapfrog Sheffield United

Top dogs: Tranmere beat Scunthorpe 1-0 to leapfrog Sheffield United

Steve Howard put the visitors ahead only for Michael Doyle to level.

But a Ritchie Humphreys strike and Howard's second put Hartlepool clear, and Harry Maguire's late effort was not enough for United.

Doncaster are now level on points with their second-placed Yorkshire rivals after a 3-0 win at Preston.

David Syers opened the scoring inside the first minute, with David Cotterill and a Billy Paynter penalty completing the scoring.

Surprise: Harry Maguire's injury-time goal wasn't enough for Sheffield United as they lost to bottom club Hartlepool

Surprise: Harry Maguire's injury-time goal wasn't enough for Sheffield United as they lost to bottom club Hartlepool

Brentford dropped to fourth after a goalless draw at Shrewsbury while Bournemouth were 3-0 victors over Crawley thanks to a Gary Alexander own goal and further strikes from Brett Pitman and Eunan O'Kane.

Portsmouth remain in the bottom four after a 2-1 home defeat against Yeovil.

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Comeback: Coventry came from behind twice to beat MK Dons

Daniel Powell and Ryan Lowe netted for the Dons but Franck Moussa and Stephen Elliott pegged them back before the Irish striker bagged the winner.

Moses Odubajo struck three minutes from time to help Leyton Orient beat Walsall 2-1.

David Mooney put Orient ahead only for Sam Mantom to level for the visitors. But Odubajo popped up the claim the points for his side.
Two early goals were enough to give Carlisle a 2-1 win over Bury.

A Lee Miller penalty and a Matty Robson effort put Carlisle in control with Stephen Schumacher getting one back for the visitors.

The games between Colchester and Swindon and Stevenage and Notts County were postponed due to waterlogged pitches.

Moussa Dembele: Hip injury is worse than before

Hip injury is worse than before, admits Dembele as Spurs star fights his way back to fill fitness

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17:04 GMT, 28 November 2012

Tottenham's Moussa Dembele has reveled the pain in his hip has never been so intense as he works his way back to full fitness.

The 25-year-old has quickly become a favourite at White Hart Lane since joining in the summer, despite making only a handful of appearances at the club before injury jeopardised his season.

'I've had this hip problem before but this time it has been worse than it ever was in the past,' he told the Evening Standard.

Road to recovery: Dembele has not started a game for Spurs since the beginning of October

Road to recovery: Dembele has not started a game for Spurs since the beginning of October

'Normally I can rest for three or four days and it is okay but this time the pain was more intense and I needed a longer spell out. I've worked with a personal physio in Belgium and it requires a lot of exercises. When I first got the problem again, I was worried that I would have to have an operation but the medical staff at Tottenham were very good.

'We searched for the best doctors that there were to treat hip injuries and I was supported very well. I'm happy the club gave me the time and space I needed to be pain-free again.

'When I thought I would need an operation, it was a difficult time for me and I wasn't happy but, unfortunately, there isn't anything you can do about it. Luckily, I've now been given the all-clear to play by the doctors.'

Rest: The midfielder claims the pain in his hip is 'more intense' than before

Rest: The midfielder claims the pain in his hip is 'more intense' than before

The midfielder suffered a recurrence of the injury while on international duty early last month and he has not started a game for Spurs since the 2-0 victory over Aston Villa at the beginning of October.

'It's good to be back on the pitch again, even just for short spells, after having more than a month out,' said Dembele.

'The injury is okay now and it's about coming back slowly. I didn't feel as though I could have played a full game against Lazio or West Ham but it's a lot better.

'I need to talk to the manager to see when it's right for me to play 90 minutes but I hope I can do my bit now and help the team. I always want them to do well so I wasn't happy to see the poor results.

'They have played some good games and they haven't always been lucky but I hope I can give a bit extra and help them a bit more. I am a creative player and I can bring something more to the team.'

Moussa Sissoko agrees to join Newcastle

Newcastle set to sign French midfielder Sissoko but Cisse's getting frustrated

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06:39 GMT, 29 October 2012

Newcastle have won the race to sign France midfielder Moussa Sissoko ahead of a number of their Premier League rivals.

The 23-year-old’s deal at Toulouse expires at the end of the season and he is free to sign a pre-contract agreement from January 1.

Sissoko is believed to have already committed himself to the Toon despite interest from Spurs, Liverpool, Everton and Fulham.

Toon bound: Toulouse mildfielder Moussa Sissoko is set to join Newcastle

Toon bound: Toulouse mildfielder Moussa Sissoko is set to join Newcastle

But it is not all good news for the Magpies as striker Papiss Cisse is growing frustrated at St James' Park.

The Senegal star came off the bench to score the winner against West Brom on Sunday. But he has struggled to repeat last season’s prolific form after losing his starting place.

Looking for a way out Papiss Cisse is understood to be frustrated at the lack of first team football this season

Looking for a way out Papiss Cisse is understood to be frustrated at the lack of first team football this season

And, according to the Daily Mirror, both Tottenham and Liverpool are understood to be monitoring the situation.

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers wants to strengthen his strike force in January and find a partner for Luis Suarez.

Rodgers has been linked with Newcastle’s Demba Ba but he has been more of a regular this season so the Reds believe they may have more chance with Cisse.

Gareth Bale left at home for Spurs game with Maribor

Daddy Bale stays at home as Tottenham face crucial test in Slovenia

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23:57 GMT, 24 October 2012

Gareth Bale has been granted a week’s paternity leave after discussions with Spurs’ boss Andre Villas-Boas, but has insisted upon making an emotional return to Southampton this weekend.

The Wales international was left at home with his new-born daughter as the rest of the club’s first-team squad flew out to Slovenia.

The winger pulled out of the match against Chelsea after his partner went into labour last Saturday but will link up once more with his colleagues after deciding that the opportunity to face his former club at St Mary’s was too good to pass up.

Back home: Andre Villas Boas allowed Gareth Bale to remain in England with his newborn baby

Back home: Andre Villas Boas allowed Gareth Bale to remain in England with his newborn baby

PROBABLE LINE-UP

TOTTENHAM (4-2-3-1): Lloris; Walker, Dawson, Vertonghen, Naughton; Huddlestone, Sandro; Lennon, Dempsey, Sigurdsson; Defoe.

Kick-off: 6pm, Ljudski vrt Stadium.

TV: LIVE on ITV4 from 5.30pm.

Referee: Sergei Karasev (Russia).

It is the first time he will have been back to face the Saints after leaving the club to join the north Londoners in a 10m deal five years ago.

Villas-Boas had left the situation open-ended, but it appears that Bale himself has taken the decision to play.

'We have been discussing it since he left us before the game against Chelsea,' said Villas-Boas, 'I’ve had a conversation with him.

'On such an occasion it is important to give the player a choice of a return so he comes back mentally strong and ready to focus.

'It’s important to have input from the player as well. So, we will have no doubts about his state when he returns for the Southampton game.' Bale is not alone in remaining behind. Moussa Dembele, Emmanuel Adebayor and Brad Friedel were all absentees.

Ready to go: Jermain Defoe and Aaron Lennon train ahead of game

Ready to go: Jermain Defoe and Aaron Lennon train ahead of game

Villas-Boas looks set to name a strong side once more ahead of two matches against the Slovenians that he feels will decide whether the club progresses from the group.

Kyle Walker will continue at right-back, despite the closure of his twitter account. The defender received abuse after the Chelsea match and decided that enough was enough.

'The social media is something we respect – as long as it does not collide with the club’s interests,' added Villas-Boas, 'I’m not sure the reasons Kyle took for closing the account, whether they are connected to the happenings after the Chelsea game. But certainly he feels better about it.'

Two draws from the opening matches have left Spurs chasing Lazio who appear certain to qualify should they beat Panathinaikos.

'It was always going to be decisive,' added Spurs’ head coach, 'It looks as though it will be between our two sides. If you look at our players, we should win, but it doesn’t always work like that.

'Manchester United struggled against Braga. Maribor won a big derby match at the weekend and will be very motivated against us.'

Hugo Lloris sends message to Spurs with penalty save against Spain

Lloris message for AVB while Arsenal's Giroud nets in France fightback

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23:23 GMT, 16 October 2012

Olivier Giroud's header deep into stoppage time salvaged a deserved draw for France against world champions Spain in Madrid and ended the hosts' run of 24 consecutive qualifying victories.

Sergio Ramos had fired home after his initial effort had come off the post in the 26th minute to give Spain the lead but they were left to rue Cesc Fabregas' missed penalty just before half-time.

Goalkeeper Hugo Lloris can barely get a game for Spurs at the moment due to the form of team-mate and rival Brad Friedel, but France's captain sent a message back to Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas with a fine stop from Fabregas's strike.

All smiles: France captain and goalkeeper Hugo Lloris (left) celebrates the draw in Spain

All smiles: France captain and goalkeeper Hugo Lloris (left) celebrates the draw in Spain

Karim Benzema and Moussa Sissoko looked to have squandered France's best chances to claim a point as they missed clear openings late on but with the last attack of the game Franck Ribery crossed for Giroud to head low into the far corner.

The striker has also been struggling to impose himself at Arsenal following his summer move to England from Montpellier, but he proved his predatory instincts with a deadly header.

The draw means that both sides remain locked together at the top of Group I with seven points from three games.

As expected Vicente del Bosque had made just the one change from the side that started the 4-0 victory over Belarus on Friday as Andres Iniesta replaced Santi Cazorla, but the Arsenal midfielder was forced into action after just 10 minutes when David Silva had to come off with an injury.

Cazorla even had the first effort on goal after a slow start but his low drive was easily held by Hugo Lloris, but French boss Didier Deschamps will have been hugely frustrated that after comfortably soaking up the hosts' usual probing they conceded such a sloppy goal from a set-piece midway through the half.

Tres bon: Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud (left) celebrates his goal with France team-mate Blaise Matuidi

Tres bon: Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud (left) celebrates his goal with France team-mate Blaise Matuidi

Xavi's corner found Ramos completely unmarked just six yards from goal and after his initial header came back off the post, the defender was on hand to turn the ball high into the net when Pedro pulled it back across the area.

The goal though forced France forward and they were very nearly level 10 minutes later when Benzema was released by Ribery but his cross-shot could not beat his Real Madrid teammate Iker Casillas as the Spain captain turned the ball behind for a corner.

France threatened again moments later when Jeremy Menez was ruled narrowly offside when he prodded in Benzema's knock down from Yohan Cabaye's free-kick, but the visitors were then thankful to Lloris to only be 1-0 down at the break.

The Tottenham goalkeeper first produced a fine save down to his right to parry Fabregas' penalty after Laurent Koscielny had clattered into Pedro inside the area and three minutes later the French skipper saved his side again as he denied fierce efforts from Pedro and Fabregas inside the area.

Paying the penalty: Cesc Fabregas saw this spot kick saved by Lloris in the France goal

Paying the penalty: Cesc Fabregas saw this spot kick saved by Lloris in the France goal

Spain's start to the second period was disrupted just as it was in the first by an early injury as this time Alvaro Arbeloa limped off, replaced by Juanfran, and that change seemed to give Ribery some encouragement as he attacked with far more purpose than he had before the break.

The Bayern Munich playmaker saw a shot deflected just wide on 58 minutes before Koscielny failed to make a clean connection to turn in the resulting corner.

Fabregas and Xavi then had chances to seal the points but both were denied by last ditch French defending as they bore down on goal.

Benzema really ought to have brought Deschamps' men level as he somehow miscued from Ribery's fantastic cross with the goal at his mercy from five yards.

Worrying: Manchester City midfielder David Silva (right) hobbled off injured after just 10 minutes

Worrying: Manchester City midfielder David Silva (right) hobbled off injured after just 10 minutes

France continued to threaten though with Benzema's movement in particular causing all sorts of problems and he teed up another great chance for substitute Sissoko 17 minutes from time but the Toulouse midfielder blazed his volley over.

Benzema was eventually forced off himself with a knock two minutes from the end but it turned out to be a fortunate change for Deschamps as, with his only real involvement in the game, Giroud delicately directed Ribery's pinpoint cross into the net.

Panathinaikos 1 Tottenham 1: Toche equalises to upset Spurs

Panathinaikos 1 Tottenham 1: Toche equaliser makes Spurs pay for profligacy

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18:58 GMT, 4 October 2012

Toche punished Tottenham for their wastefulness as Panathinaikos snatched a draw in Europa League Group J.

Michael Dawson rose highest to nod home from a Spurs set piece in the first half and it looked like his goal would be enough for the win.

But despite creating other openings, Andre Villas-Boas' side could not capitalise and Toche was at hand to make them pay.

More to follow.

Comeback: Toche celebrates his equaliser

Comeback: Toche celebrates his equaliser

Breakthrough: Michael Dawson celebrates his goal

Breakthrough: Michael Dawson celebrates his goal

Match facts

Panathinaikos: Karnezis, Seitaridis, Triantafyllopoulos, Andre Pinto, Vyntra, Christodoulopoulos (Mavrias 85), Zeca, Vitolo, Marinos (Sissoko 46), Owusu-Abeyie (Chouchoumis 90), Toche.

Subs not used: Kotsolis, Fornaroli, Barbarouses, Lagos.

Booked: Vyntra.

Goal: Toche 77.

Tottenham: Lloris, Walker, Dawson, Caulker, Vertonghen, Huddlestone (Sandro 81), Dembele, Lennon (Townsend 75), Dempsey (Sigurdsson 66), Bale, Defoe.

Subs not used: Cudicini, Gallas, Falque, Mason.

Booked: Bale, Walker.

Goal: Dawson 35.

Ref: Florian Meyer (Germany).

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Nice one: Dawson is congratulated by his colleagues

Nice one: Dawson is congratulated by his colleagues

Discussion: Dawson and Aaron Lennon celebrate while Panathinaikos players think about what went wrong

Discussion: Dawson and Aaron Lennon celebrate while Panathinaikos players think about what went wrong

In it goes: The ball breaches the Panathinaikos goal

In it goes: The ball breaches the Panathinaikos goal

Catch: Hugo Lloris was mostly untroubled

Catch: Hugo Lloris was mostly untroubled

Tricky: Moussa Dembele is a tough customer

Tricky: Moussa Dembele is a tough customer

AVB

AVB

Boss: Andre Villas-Boas was frustrated as Spurs could not capitalise on their chances

Crunch: Giourkas Seitaridis (left) tries to stop Steven Caulker

Crunch: Giourkas Seitaridis (left) tries to stop Steven Caulker

Start a move: Loukas Vyntra (right) plays the ball away from Jermain Defoe

Start a move: Loukas Vyntra (right) plays the ball away from Jermain Defoe

Luka Modric signs for Real Madrid from Tottenham

At last! Spurs midfielder Modric finally completes 27m move to Madrid

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22:50 GMT, 26 August 2012

Fantasy football 2012

Luka Modric will be unveiled as a Real Madrid player after they hammered out a €34million (26.9m) move for the midfielder on Sunday night.

The fee is a blow for Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy, who was holding out for a figure in the region of 35m-plus.

Spurs are desperate to bolster their squad after a slow start to the season and the money will help fund moves for two Brazilians they are chasing — Willian of Shakhtar Donetsk and Leandro Damiao of Internacional.

Done deal: Luka Modric has signed for Real Madrid from Tottenham

Done deal: Luka Modric has signed for Real Madrid from Tottenham

Manager Andre Villas-Boas is keen to sign at least three before the transfer window shuts on Friday. Fulham’s Moussa Dembele is much admired at White Hart Lane and Spurs scouts also watched France striker Loic Remy come on as a second-half substitute on Sunday as Marseille beat Montpellier 1-0.

The north London club continue to pursue young defenders too, with Liam Moore, 19, of Leicester watched in their 2-1 defeat at Blackburn. Moore also interests Manchester United and Everton.

Wanted: Shakhtar Donetsk's Willian (top) is a target for Tottenham

Wanted: Shakhtar Donetsk's Willian (top) is a target for Tottenham

Tottenham remain keen on Ezekiel Fryers, 19, the former United defender who has signed for Standard Liege but could be pursued in January. A Spurs deal for Fryers fell through, with United looking for 6m in compensation from any English club that signed him.

QPR plan to resume negotiations over a deal for Tottenham defender Michael Dawson today but he is reluctant to leave White Hart Lane. Stoke will also revisit a loan for Tom Huddlestone.

On his way Michael Dawson could yet leave Spurs for Queens Park Rangers

On his way Michael Dawson could yet leave Spurs for Queens Park Rangers

Another midfield target of Spurs, Rennes’ Yann M’Vila, is also on a list of Arsenal targets but the Gunners may prefer a 15m move for his France teammate Yohan Cabaye of Newcastle.

Manager Arsene Wenger, who initially targeted Newcastle’s Cheick Tiote and also wants another defender, said: ‘I anticipate that we will do something. Defensive midfielder It depends on the quality of the players available.’

Real Madrid keen on Fulham"s Moussa Dembele

He's the Real deal! Madrid show interest in Fulham's Dembele

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12:50 GMT, 1 August 2012

Fantasy football 2012

Real Madrid are understood to be the latest big club to show an interest in signing Fulham attacking midfielder Moussa Dembele.

The Belgium international is entering the final year of his contract at Craven Cottage and has caught the eye of a number Europe's top clubs ever since he first moved to England in 2010.

Both Tottenham and Manchester United have previously shown interest in Dembele, but Fulham boss Martin Jol is keen to hold onto one of his star players.

Real interest: Moussa Dembele has attracted interest from Real Madrid, according to his agent

Real interest: Moussa Dembele has attracted interest from Real Madrid, according to his agent

But Dembele's agent, Jan de Visser told De Telegraaf that the Spanish champions have registered their interest in the player.

De Visser said: 'Real Madrid have contacted us and asked about Moussa Dembele’s availability.

'They are not the first big club to make enquiries about Moussa this summer, though.'