Berbatov on verge of Fulham move after undergoing medical

The Cottagers are close to agreeing terms with Manchester United for what is likely to be a short-term deal while Martin Jol is also confident of signing Kieran Richardson
By Wayne Veysey and Greg Stobart

Dimitar Berbatov is on the verge of completing a move to Fulham after undergoing a medical at the club on Thursday.

The Londoners are still haggling with Manchester United over the terms of the deal, which understands is likely to be a loan or short-term contract, but are confident of pushing it through after using their Twitter account to update supporters on what is a shock move.

"(Coach) Martin Jol reveals that Dimitar Berbatov is currently undergoing a medical at Fulham," the Premier League club posted on Twitter early on Thursday afternoon.

Fulham are believed to have proposed a loan move for the United forward, whose deal expires next summer, and will not offer him a three-year contract like the one he rejected from Fiorentina on Wednesday.

Jol has confirmed that the west Londoners are also confident of signing Kieran Richardson from Sunderland before the transfer window closes at 11pm on Friday.

Negotiations to capture Berbatov have centred on how Fulham can meet the shortfall between the striker’s six-figure United salary and their own £50,000-a-week wage ceiling.

Sources have suggested the Old Trafford club will either hand over £2m if the former Tottenham forward completes a permanent move to Craven Cottage or pay a portion of his weekly wages.

Fulham owner Mohamed Al-Fayed has decided to back Martin Jol with a marquee signing following the sale of fan favourite Mousa Dembele to Spurs for around £15m and the growing likelihood that Clint Dempsey will move to Liverpool in a deal worth £7m.

Berbatov infuriated both Fiorentina and Juventus on Wednesday after turning his back on a move to Serie A in order to remain in the Premier League.

Cottagers boss Martin Jol is a huge admirer of Berbatov but Fulham have a tight wage structure, with the top earner - believed to be Mark Schwarzer - on £45,000-a-week, meaning that the United man will become the club's highest-paid player if he completes the move.

West Ham, Zenit St Petersburg and Dynamo Kiev have all been linked with an interest in Berbatov but the striker has been keen to re-unite with Martin Jol, under whom he played some of the best football of his career at Tottenham.

Berbatov has voiced his frustration at United after falling out of favour at Old Trafford and finding himself down the pecking order behind Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney, Danny Welbeck and Javier Hernandez.

But he prompted a bitter response from Fiorentina on Wednesday after he backed out of a move to Florence despite verbally agreeing personal terms and boarding a flight to Italy.

"The player got on the flight with his agent and on tickets paid for by Fiorentina," the statement read. "He never arrived in Florence.

"This was down to outlandish and arrogant behaviour of other clubs, who have nothing to do with fair play and sporting ethics that go even beyond the confines of fairness.

"As for the player, apart from his characteristics and his value on the field, at this stage we are happy he didn't come to Fiorentina. He did not deserve our city, to wear our jersey or the values that represent it."

Berbatov was top scorer in the Premier League two seasons ago but made just 12 league appearances last season, scoring seven goals.

Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill has confirmed that his club accepted Fulham's bid for Richardson on Wednesday, with the 27-year-old in the final year of his contract.

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