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Juventus eyeing Adarabioyo swoop

Juventus are watching Fulham centre back Tosin Adarabioyo with a view to a summer move for the defender, according to reports from Italy.

Tuttosport claims that the Italian giants have been impressed with the former Manchester City defender’s start at Craven Cottage and have earmarked him as a potential addition as they plan to revamp their defence during the close season. The newspaper suggests that Juventus would be open to offering around €13m and that the situation will depend on whether Fulham can successfully fight off relegation from the Premier League.

Adarabioyo, who joined Fulham for less than £2m in October, has made an excellent start to life at Craven Cottage helping stabalise a creaky defence as Scott Parker switched from a back four to three centre halves. The 23 year-old has made fourteen appearances in the Premier League forging an excellent understanding with Joachim Andersen at the heart of the Fulham defence. It remains highly unlikely that Fulham would consider selling the England youth international, who signed a three-year contract last year.

Juventus keen on Dembele


Reports from Italy this weekend suggest that Juventus are lining up Fulham striker Moussa Dembele as one of their main targets should Simone Zaza leave for West Ham this month.

Sky Sport Italia broke the news that the Bianconeri have been closely monitoring the French international’s performances at Fulham and would be keen to test the London club’s desire to hold onto one of their most promising Academy graduates until the end of the season, even though Dembele’s contract expires in June. Fulham’s position could change if Dembele indicates that he would be interested in joining one of Europe’s most famous sides, given that they would receive far less compensation where he to move to the continent rather than an English team on completion of his contract.

Dembele, who has been the subject of fierce interest from Premier League sides like Everton and Tottenham, has scored 10 goals in 24 appearances for Fulham this season, but missed Tuesday night’s win over Rotherham with tightness in his hamstring.

Berbatov Rejects Juve To Play In Black And White Of Fulham

Berbatov, 31, won the Premier League golden boot in the 2010/11 season

UPDATE: Quotes from Juventus president: We went for Berbatov after he said no to Fiorentina. He chose Fulham because he wants to stay in England.

Some stunning news from Italy this evening as Fulham’s transfer dealings reach fever pitch. After confirming the sale of star midfielder Mousa Dembele to Tottenham earlier today, they may be looking to an ex-Spurs man as the tonic with reports from Sky Italia suggesting that Manchester United forward Dimitar Berbatov has rejected Juventus to join Fulham and take up the opportunity to work again with Martin Jol, the man who originally brought Berbatov to England.

Berbatov joined Manchester United, after rejecting fierce rivals Manchester City, from Tottenham in a controversial deal worth £30m 4 summers ago, despite the London club accusing United of improper conduct. Despite struggling to get in the United squad last year ahead of fellow strikers Hernandez, Rooney and Welbeck, Berbatov still managed 7 goals in 12 games including one at Craven Cottage, maintaining his own superb overall strike rate for United which stands at 48 goals in 108 league games, including 20 during the 2010/11 season which earnt him a share of the golden boot along with Carlos Tevez.

As such, there is no doubting his quality and pedigree, and the reported fee of £4m along with wages of less than 40 grand a week would represent a stunning deal for the Bulgarian international, who is now surplus to requirements in Manchester after a busy summer themselves. Berbatov is known for his silky, languid style and sublime technique, so would fit in well with Martin Jol’s attacking and fluid Fulham side, a style that he is familiar with after working under him at Tottenham


Kasami set to sign for Juve?

Reports from Italy suggest that Pajtim Kasami is poised to leave Fulham after just seven months and sign for Juventus.

Sky Italia claim that the Swiss under-21 international will complete a deal to join the Turin side over the weekend and will be immediately loaned out to Cesena for the remainder of the season.

Kasami has struggled to make much of an impact since arriving as one of Martin Jol’s first signings from Palermo for a fee believed to be around £3.5m. The 19 year-old has made 19 appearances for Fulham but has not started a first-team game since the 2-0 win in Odense back in September. The lowlight of his brief Fulham career was that missed penalty at Stamford Bridge in the League Cup, when he was fined for taking the spot-kick instead of the designated taker Orlando Sa.

The teenager, who showcased his outdated potential with several impressive displays for Palermo last season, had an excellent game for the reserves in their 1-0 win over Arsenal at Motspur Park on Tuesday.

Rating Bobby’s England chances

Four Four Two have a timely post from bookmaker Paddy Power on Bobby Zamora’s chances of breaking into the England squad for the World Cup.

From what I’ve seen of Fabio Capello, he’s pretty stubborn so Bobby will have to keep his current exceptional form going to have a shout of getting on the plane to South Africa. Having said that, his 19 goals in a Fulham side that doesn’t score too many, surely must count for something. The quality of his last four European strikes (that stunner against Shakhtar, shrugging off Canavarro to set the Whites on the way to humbling Juve, the lovely curler in the first leg against Wolfsburg and that brilliant first-minute finish last night) should also get Capello’s attention.

The odds on both Zamora’s inclusion in the World Cup party – and Fulham to lift the Europa League itself – are actually quite tempting. But, come on guys, Roy wouldn’t us getting ahead of ourselves, now, would he?