Fulham FC have announced the signing of Belgian International winger Moussa Dembele from AZ Alkmaar.
Dembélé's departure from AZ has been an open secret for sometime however it was thought that he would be signing for Birmingham until Fulham's recent offer was accepted.
Fulham Football Club has today confirmed the signing of 23 year old Moussa Dembele from AZ Alkmaar on an 3 year deal that will see the player at the club until the summer of 2013.
A creative, attacking player with plenty of pace, an eye for goal and a good range of passing, Moussa Dembele has been one of the Eredivisie's most exciting players in recent seasons.
Dembele started his professional career at Germinal Beerschot before moving to Willem II in 2005. Despite the Tilburg side enduring a difficult season and finishing in the lower half of the table, Dembele weighed in with an impressive nine goals.
His performances caught the attention of AZ Alkmaar and he joined Louis van Gaal's side in the summer of 2006. He scored six goals for AZ in his first season and followed that with a fine 07/08 campaign.
However it was his magnificent performances in Alkmaar's 2008/09 title-winning season, which saw Dembele provide a number of assists and score 10 goals that confirmed him as one of the Eredivisie's prime talents.
Dembele is also a regular in the Belgium national team.
Moussa Dembele said:
'I am very happy to join Fulham and look forward to training with the team to prepare for the first home game of the season. 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.
'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 teammates, when the opportunities arise.'
Mark Hughes commented:
'I'm glad that we have finalised the deal with Moussa Dembele and I would like to welcome him to the Club. It is important that we go into the season with some additions to the squad that will add strength and depth to enable us to compete at a consistently high level throughout the season.
'Moussa is strong and quick and will add another dimension to our attacking options, which is important for us. I look forward to working with him, and to hopefully, a few more additions before the window closes.'