Fulham have opened talks with midfielder Mousa Dembele over a new deal at Craven Cottage, according to the Daily Mail.

The Belgian international has been one of Martin Jol’s star performances since the Fulham boss switched him to a playmaking role before Christmas and the Whites are keen to ward off mounting interest in the 24 year-old’s services by offering him a new contract. The former AZ Alkmaar man is reportedly on around ¬£35,000-a-week at Craven Cottage but will be handed a bumper pay increase.

Fulham have already rejected two bids from Tottenham for Dembele, who starred against Spurs in the FA Cup last season, and Liverpool and Arsenal have also been linked with a summer move for the talented midfielder. Jol is determined to keep Dembele at the club as he seeks to reshape his Fulham side and club officials have moved quickly with just over a year left on the player’s current contract.