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Monaco beats Tottenham to Berbatov

Monaco has beaten Tottenham to the signing of Dimitar Berbatov from Fulham.

The Bulgarian striker landed in Monaco on Friday morning to complete his transfer to the Ligue 1 side before the transfer window closes this evening.

Spurs had hoped to bring Berbatov back to the club he left in 2008 in a 1.5 million pound deal but the 33-year-old is now heading for big-spending Monaco.

The French club made its move for Berbatov after Radamel Falcao was ruled out for the rest of the season with a knee injury.

Fulham manager Rene Meulensteen sanctioned Berbatov’s departure as he looks to make big changes to his relegation-threatened squad.

The Cottagers have confirmed the arrival of midfielder Lewis Holtby on loan from Spurs until the end of the season, while the club also hopes to tie up an 11 million pound deal for Olympiakos striker Kostas Mitroglou.

Fulham is also expecting to complete deals for Manchester United youngsters Larnell Cole and Ryan Tunnicliffe on Friday.

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