Monaco set to beat Tottenham to Berbatov

The Fulham forward is set to join the Ligue 1 outfit after arriving to complete a deal on Friday morning despite interest from his former Premier League employers

By Greg Stobart

Monaco have 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 deal but the 33-year-old is now heading for big-spending Monaco.

The French club made their 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 they also hope to tie up an £11m deal for Olympiakos striker Kostas Mitroglou.

As revealed by Goal on Thursday, Fulham are also expecting to complete deals for Manchester United youngsters Larnell Cole and Ryan Tunnicliffe on Friday.