Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 17 September 2014

Dembele eyes step up

Moussa Dembele

Fulham striker Moussa Dembele would welcome the challenge of testing himself a "step higher" were the chance to come along.

The 24-year-old Belgian forward, signed from AZ Alkmaar in August 2010, has been linked with move to Tottenham, who were reported to have had a £10million bid turned down on the final day of the January transfer window.

Speaking to Flemish daily newspaper De Standaard, Dembele said: "I did well last season when I was not injured, through many matches for Fulham, so why not step higher?"

Of Tottenham's reported interest, Dembele added: "Yes, I heard that. It would obviously be a step higher, and that has always been my goal."

Dembele scored in the Cottagers' recent 2-0 win at Wigan, and believes he is "evolving" under the guidance of Fulham's Dutch boss Martin Jol.

"My thinking has changed somewhat. I shoot much more on target," he said.

"The Fulham coach says that I am evolving. In the past, I could have gone four games and not taken a shot at goal. That no longer happens.

"Each match I shoot four times. I have also scored. Not enough, I know, but it will come."

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