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Transfer news – Fulham complete £5m Dembele capture

| 18.08.2010

Mark Hughes has completed his first signing as Fulham manager having snapped up striker Moussa Dembele from AZ Alkmaar for a fee worth around £5m.

Birmingham were also reportedly interested in the 23-year-old, but Dembele was swayed by the likelihood of more first-team opportunities at Fulham, whose attacking options comprise only Bobby Zamora and the injury-prone Andy Johnson.

The Belgian international has scored 24 league goals in 118 appearances for the 2008/09 Dutch champions, and he has signed a three-year contract at Craven Cottage.

Dembele could feature for Fulham in their next Premier League fixture, which will be against Manchester United on Sunday. A Fulham win at Craven Cottage is priced at 9/2.

Elsewhere in the Premier League, Stoke have completed the signing of Ipswich captain Jonathan Walters for an initial fee of £2.75m.

Walters has signed a four-year deal at the Britannia Stadium, and as a player who can operate as a striker or a midfielder, the 26-year-old will bring versatility to the Stoke squad.

Stoke are 13/5 to win their next match against Tottenham, and Walters is expected to be named on the bench for this tie.

Blackpool, meanwhile, have signed Israeli defender Dekel Keinan on a free transfer from Maccabi Haifa.

The 25-year-old has penned a one-year contract and becomes the seventh player to arrive at Bloomfield Road this summer.

Having been granted a work permit, Keinan is expected to be included in Blackpool’s squad to face Arsenal on Saturday – a match the Seasiders are a huge 14/1 to win. Can they pull off a second successive shock? See the full Arsenal vs Blackpool Match Betting Odds market.



Robbie Morris

Robbie studied sports journalism at the University of Gloucestershire, an establishment chosen for its proximity to Cheltenham racecourse, where he was a season ticket holder. Upon graduation, Robbie was a contributor to GolfPunk, a national magazine aimed at ridding golf of its traditionalist image, before joining the news.ladbrokes team.