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Fulham sign up AZ Alkmaar striker Moussa Dembele

Moussa Dembele
Dembele made his international debut against Azerbaijan in October 2006

Fulham have signed 23-year-old forward Moussa Dembele on a three-year deal from Dutch club AZ Alkmaar.

The Belgium international, who arrives for a fee believed to be around £5m, gives the Cottagers some much-needed attacking options.

Bobby Zamora was often used as a lone striker last season as fellow forward Andy Johnson struggled with injuries.

"Moussa is strong and quick and will add another dimension," said Fulham manager Mark Hughes.

Dembele scored 10 goals as Alkmaar won the Dutch league title during the 2008-09 season, finding the net 24 times in 118 league games in four years with the club he joined from Willem II in 2006.

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Fulham's approach was enough to see off interest from Premier League rivals Birmingham City.

The forward, who has won 28 caps, resolved to work hard to make a success of his move to England.

"It has always been a dream to play in the Premier League and I will make sure that I make the most of this opportunity," Dembele added.

"I understand that Fulham has a strong squad, so I am prepared to work hard for the Manager and take my chance to impress him, and my team-mates."

Hughes's attempts to secure Wales striker Craig Bellamy on loan from former club Manchester City were foiled when the player opted for Championship side Cardiff instead.

Zoltan Gera was often pushed forward as a foil for Zamora last season after Hughes's predecessor Roy Hodgson allowed strikers Diomansy Kamara and Eddie Johnson to leave Craven Cottage on loan for the second half of the campaign.



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