Aug 29 2012
Moussa Dembele is set to be unveiled as a Tottenham player as further doubt was cast on the future of Rafael van der Vaart.
Spurs and Fulham confirmed they had reached an agreement over the transfer of Dembele, with the west London club revealing the forward had passed a medical and would sign at White Hart Lane for an undisclosed fee.
The announcement followed a declaration by Hamburg that they would do everything possible to re-sign Van der Vaart from Tottenham before the transfer window closed.
Van der Vaart has been strongly linked with a return to his former club but the Bundesliga side's chairman, Carl-Edgar Jarchow, has admitted time is running out to convince Spurs to sell.
"There is not a lot of time - it is really up to Tottenham Hotspur," he told Deutsche Presse-Agentur. "If we have a chance to sign him, we will do everything we can to make that happen."
That opportunity could present itself now Tottenham have successfully begun to sign some of their own targets during what looks set to be another frantic final 48 hours of a summer transfer window at White Hart Lane.
As well as triggering what was reportedly a £15million release clause for Dembele, new manager Andre Villas-Boas has also renewed the interest he showed while Chelsea boss in Shakhtar Donetsk forward Willian, who could fill the void left by the departure of Luka Modric.
Shakhtar chief executive Sergei Palkin claimed he had rejected a bid of just under £12million for the Brazilian and that Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy had also made an enquiry about two other players.
"Mr Levy, the chairman of Tottenham Hotspur FC, personally flew to Donetsk to negotiate over Willian," Palkin told his club's official website, www.shakhtar.com.
"But his latest offer was 15 million euros, which we of course did not accept.