Fulham Accepts Tottenham’s Dembele Bid; QPR Nears Cesar Signing

Fulham accepted an undisclosed bid from Premier League soccer rival Tottenham Hotspur for midfielder Moussa Dembele, while newly promoted Southampton bolstered its attack by signing Zambia forward Emmanuel Mayuka.

Dembele, who joined Fulham from Dutch side AZ Alkmaar in 2010, was undergoing a medical examination at Tottenham, Fulham manager Martin Jol told his team’s website after the Cottagers’ League Cup defeat at Sheffield Wednesday last night.

The acquisition of Dembele would end Tottenham’s yearlong pursuit of a midfielder who’s scored five goals in 62 Premier League games. Spurs, who sold playmaker Luka Modric to Real Madrid two days ago, failed with a 10 million-pound ($15.8 million) bid for the 25-year-old Belgian international last year, the Daily Telegraph reported.

The Premier League’s transfer window for teams to buy and sell players closes at 11 p.m. U.K. time on Aug. 31. Another trade period is scheduled for the month of January.

Queens Park Rangers is close to completing the signing of Inter Milan goalkeeper Julio Cesar, QPR manager Mark Hughes said after yesterday’s 3-0 League Cup win against Walsall.

Cesar, a 32-year-old Brazil international, helped Inter win the Champions League and five Serie A titles since joining from Chievo in 2005.

“We’re not at a point where we can actually say it’s a done deal,” Hughes said at a news conference. “The intention is there obviously if we can, but at the moment it’s not concluded. If we are able to conclude it, we’ll be delighted.”

Southampton said it signed Mayuka, 21, for an undisclosed fee from Swiss club Young Boys Berne. Mayuka, who’s scored 10 goals for the Zambia national team, agreed on a five-year contract after passing a medical, the club said on its website.

Mayuka already has been granted a work permit and Southampton said it’s awaiting entry clearance for him to join in time for the Sept. 2 home game against Manchester United.

“Emmanuel is a lightning-quick striker who I am sure will excite the fans,” Saints manager Nigel Adkins said. “He will bring something different to the group.”

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