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Fulham in Rebrov talks

last updated Monday 13th January 2003, 6:40 PM
Fulham in Rebrov talks - Evening Standard by Leo Spall
Fulham were today trying to sign Tottenham's misfit striker Sergei Rebrov in a £3million deal which could be completed this week.

Negotiations are under way and even though a fee has not been agreed both sides appear keen to do business.

Fulham target Sergei Rebrov
Fulham target
Sergei Rebrov
Position Attacker
DOB 03/06/74
P.O.B. Ukraine
Height 5' 8"
Club Spurs
Fulham manager Jean Tigana is desperate to bolster his goal-shy attack after they managed only one goal in their last five league games.

But his chairman, Mohamed Fayed, has made it clear there is little money to spend and he has been looking for loan deals and free transfers.

Rebrov may just be within his budget and Spurs are keen to get the out-of-favour Ukrainian off their wage bill.

Tottenham manager Glenn Hoddle also wants to buy Michael Ricketts from Bolton and may need to sell players to fund the transfer.

Fulham chief executive Bruce Langham said: "I can confirm that Sergei Rebrov is one of two or three players we are looking at.

"It is clear that we do not have a lot of money to spend and a loan deal from outside the Premiership would be the preferred option. But we are talking to Spurs about a deal for Rebrov and we will see what happens."

The 28-year-old has not yet held talks with Fulham but is keen to leave White Hart Lane after a nightmare spell at the club. He joined from Dynamo Kiev for £11m in the summer of 2000 but has failed to make an impact.

Rebrov has made just 37 league appearances and has not played for Spurs this season. Hoddle was going to pick him as a substitute yesterday for the game against Everton - which Spurs won 4-3 - but he had flu.

His agent, Sandor Varga, said: "I am talking directly to chairman Daniel Levy and he appreciates that the situation cannot drag on any longer.

"We have been patient and we understand that Spurs need to recoup some of the money they spent. Sergei would prefer to stay in London and Tigana has always liked him."

Fenerbahce have tried to sign Rebrov on loan but Tottenham are keen on a permanent deal and the Turkish club's interest has waned after they signed Russian striker Vladimir Beschastnykh.
Source Evening Standard by Leo Spall
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