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WEST BROMWICH, ENGLAND - JANUARY 30:  Saido Berahino of West Bromwich Albion reacts during The Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round match between West Bromwich Albion and  Peterborough United at The Hawthorns on January 30, 2016 in West Bromwich, England.  (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
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Transfer Rumor Roundup: Newcastle all in on Berahino, Dembele’s Spurs deal dead

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Saido Berahino has been involved in heavy transfer rumors for a number of years. Things boiled over this past summer as Tottenham was attempting to secure his services, and now it appears Newcastle may make a run that could go down to the wire yet again.

According to multiple reports across England, Newcastle had a bid in the $30 million region rejected by West Brom, and the two appear to be at odds. The reports claim West Brom do not intend to sell, but that Newcastle will look to force their hand. Will Newcastle overbid for the 22-year-old? Or will the Baggies keep their man?

Tottenham could apparently be back in the mix as well, especially after their proposed move for Fulham’s Moussa Dembele could be off. No, not the midfielder Mousa Dembele that just signed a contract extension with the London club (who was also purchased from Fulham) but the 19-year-old Frenchman who has scored nine goals for the Whites in Championship play this season.

He was rumored to be a favorite of Spurs, with a $7 million deal on the table, but that might have vanished after Fulham reportedly demanded that Dembele be loaned back to them for the rest of the season, something which Spurs did not desire to do.

This isn’t exactly a win for Fulham. They’re in no man’s land in the Championship table, more fighting against relegation than for anything at the top, and Dembele’s contract expires this summer. This is also a loss for all Premier League fans who wanted desperately to see two players with nearly the exact same name play for the same club.

Finally, Arsenal target Andriy Yarmolenko is apparently wanted by Stoke City, and Mark Hughes could be ready to submit a bid in an attempt to trump the Gunners, according to the Daily Star. The 26-year-old has eight goals and five assists in 15 league games for Ukranian side Dynamo Kiev, where he’s played his entire eight-year career.

Middlesbrough changes mind on new striker twice, Rhodes deal off

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Proper treatment of players is often a talking point during transfer windows. With teams wheeling and dealing, often up to the last minute, players can often be left in the dark about where their final destination will be.

Championship side Middlesbrough is suddenly under fire in the player treatment department.

According to multiple reports across England, first from The Telegraph’s John Percy, Middlesbrough was on the verge of completing the purchase of Blackburn strike Jordan Rhodes until they decided to call off the deal at the last second. This comes days after their reported attempts to secure Fulham frontman Ross McCormack that didn’t come to fruition either.

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Percy writes that Rhodes had met with the club on Saturday, but that Sunday morning Middlesbrough chairman Steve Gibson “had a dramatic change of heart.” The cancelled deal left the 25-year-old “baffled and disappointed” according to the Daily Mail, and puts him in a very awkward situation back at Blackburn.

Middlesbrough released a statement immediately following the reports that simply stated they had “held talks with Blackburn Rovers striker Jordan Rhodes over the weekend but have failed to agree terms,” which was the same ending the McCormack deal came to.

With one of the best defensive records in the Championship over the last two years – just 14 goals allowed this season – Middlesbrough sits in a promotion position at the moment, but has been looking to bolster its goalscoring abilities for the last few weeks. It seems they can make up their minds about who to acquire, because hanging both McCormack and Rhodes out to dry isn’t exactly a good look. It’s possible agents or team valuation had a something to do with both deals falling apart, but having advanced so far in talks twice only for both to fail appears to cast the club in poor light.

They could now go back to McCormack, except that oops, he’s probably staying at Fulham.

Spurs land Fulham’s Moussa Dembele (after signing Mousa Dembele to extension)

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All the Mous(s)a Dembeles.

Whether you spell it with one ‘S’ or two, our long dream of seeing two players with essentially the same name on the same Premier League club is all but settled.

One day after signing 28-year-old midfielder Mousa Dembele to a contract extension through 2019, Spurs are reportedly a medical away from landing long-term target Moussa Dembele from Fulham.

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The first Dembele is 28, Belgian, and came over from Fulham in 2012. Sixty-two times capped, he’s appeared in 20 games for Spurs this year with four goals.

The second spells his first name with a second ‘s’ and is an in-form 19-year-old French attacker, also from Fulham, set to cost Spurs a reported $9 million.

He’ll be loaned back to the Cottagers for the rest of the season.

It’s a dream come true for this writer, who has in moments of weakness signed entire teams of players with the same last name for video game or fantasy squads.

49 days after firing Symons, Fulham hire replacement Jokanovic

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LONDON (AP) English Championship club Fulham appointed former Watford manager Slavisa Jokanovic as head coach late Sunday, 49 days after firing Kit Symons.

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Jokanovic led Watford to promotion to the English Premier League last season but talks on a new contract collapsed and the 47-year-old Serb left to become boss at Maccabi Tel Aviv.

He apologized to Maccabi fans for departing now, saying the Fulham position was “a very important job” and he hoped “to be there a very long time.”

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If so, it will be a change to the pattern under Fulham owner Shahid Khan, who also owns the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars.

Since buying Fulham in July 2013, Khan has gone through several managers: Martin Jol, Rene Meulensteen, Felix Magath and Symons.

Emerson Hyndman says he wishes to leave Fulham amid contract standoff

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 28: Emerson Hyndman of Fulham celebrates after scoring the team's second goal during the FA Youth Cup Final: First Leg match between Fulham and Chelsea at Craven Cottage on April 28, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images)
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Emerson Hyndman is stuck in an endless circle at his home club Fulham, and the only way out he sees would be to leave.

With his contract set to expire in the upcoming summer, Fulham has been pushing hard for the 19-year-old to lock down a long-term deal as many of his teammates have done in the recent months. Unfortunately, due to reported interest from abroad from teams like Borussia Dortmund, plus others in La Liga and the Dutch Eredivisie, Hyndman has been unwilling to do so thus far.

As a result, the USMNT prospect has seen little playing time, with manager Kit Symons understandably unwilling to let him see the field while he refuses to commit his future to the club. Hyndman has just eight minutes of League Cup play to his name so far this campaign.

Hyndman blames the lack of action as the main reason why he wants to depart, telling American Soccer Now’s Brian Sciaretta that he would like to move on.

“It’s a little difficult right now,” he said. “I’ve told them in the past that I think it’s time for me to move on. There are clubs out there that are interested and that I am excited about, so it’s difficult for me right now, and I can’t see myself getting too many first-team minutes. I feel that I had a good preseason, and I thought I might get a chance, but I am really looking forward to the future more than anything.

Unfortunately, that seems a bit unfair to his club. Why would a Championship club looking to build from within give significant minutes to a player who refuses to sign a long-term deal and looks set to leave in the summer? Then he tags the lack of playing time as the reason he wants to leave. It all seems to be a never-ending cycle.

Hyndman joined the Fulham youth setup at age 15 and flourished last season, making both his club first-team debut and earning a cap with the senior national team. He is currently with the U-23 Olympic team leading the charge for Rio 2016 qualification.

There is no doubting Hyndman’s abilities on the field, but for his sake, he needs to sort out his club situation as quickly as possible to further his growth as a midfielder.