|BERBATOV SIGNS FOR FULHAM AS TOTTENHAM'S PLANS START TO UNRAVEL
SportingPreview.com: 31 August 2012
Dimitar Berbatov has completed his £5million move to Fulham, signing a two-year deal at Craven Cottage and ending speculation that he was on his way back to Spurs.
United manager Alex Ferguson had cast doubt on Berbatov's destination by suggesting this morning that the striker could be bound for former club Tottenham and suggesting that he didn't know where the Bulgarian was.
But the 31-year-old Bulgarian striker was unveiled as the Cottagers' latest summer signing this afternoon and revives a partnership with manager Martin Jol after their successful past stint together at Tottenham.
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Was Ferguson being truthful about the possibility of Berbatov going back to Spurs or was it just mischief on the United boss' part?
If the latter then no harm done and Ferguson provided a great bit of entertainment because let's face it, transfer rumour and speculation is all part of the fun of deadline day.
If the former then it says a lot about Spurs' activities and the possibility that Andre Villas-Boas' plans could be unravelling. The hapless Portuguese has been at the forefront of the mass destruction of Harry Redknapp's squad and has just six hours left to replace Luka Modric, Rafael Van Der Vaart, Vedran Corluka, Sebastian Bassong and several more big names who he has shown the exit door to.
In fact, failure to replace big names could mean that AVB is under big pressure just one month into his reign. Spurs are currently winless after two Premier League games.
By the end of the day we will know whether AVB let big names leave without securing adequate replacements and if that is the case, he could have set Tottenham back years.
Berbatov said at Fulham's Motspur Park Training Ground: "I'm delighted to have signed for Fulham and I look forward to playing under Martin Jol once again.
"As soon as I was aware of Fulham's interest my decision to join was an easy one to make. I'm impressed with the set up here and the people have made me feel welcome. There is a close and personal feel around the club and I can't wait to get started."
Jol added: "Dimitar is a player I've always admired. He did well for me at Spurs and I'm sure that he will do well here at Fulham. He's a player of great quality and technical ability who will give me the attacking option I've been looking for.
"When he's not scoring goals, his ingenuity often leads chances being created for his team-mates and I'm delighted that we've been able to convince him to come to us, as there was a lot of attention from other clubs."
Berbatov could resurrect a flagging career at Craven Cottage while over at White Hart Lane, a decline of epic proportions could have begun.
Martin Jol and Dimitar Berbatov were quoted in Sportsmail.
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