Stoke linked with a move for Dembele

Stoke City are to register their interest in Tottenham midfielder Mousa Dembele by making a formal transfer bid for the Belgian in the January window, according to the Stoke Sentinel.

Dembele was brought to the Premier League by current Potters boss Mark Hughes from AZ Alkmaar while he was in charge of Fulham back in 2010. He impressed in West London for seasons after being converted from a striker to a central midfield player, before moving on to White Hart Lane late in the summer of 2012.

He scored on his Tottenham debut against Norwich City, but has since struggled to find the net on a regular basis and this season has lost his status as a first-team regular, having started only three of the club’s 15 Premier League matches under Mauricio Pochettino.

This is partly due to the competition for places at Spurs, with Nabil Bentaleb, Ryan Mason, Benjamin Stambouli, Etienne Capoue and Paulinho all vying to play in his position.

Hughes remains a huge fan of Dembele, and is looking to bolster a midfield that currently contains the long-serving Glenn Whelan, Steven N’Zonzi, Charlie Adam and Wilson Palacios.

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