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Dembele keen to move 'a step higher'

Fulham striker Moussa Dembele has talked up the prospect of testing himself somewhere a "step higher'' than Craven Cottage, admitting he welcomed reported interest from Tottenham in January.

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Dembele, 24, signed from AZ Alkmaar in August 2010 and has gone on to establish himself as an important player at Fulham under Mark Hughes last season and Martin Jol in the current campaign.

But the Belgian international appears to be getting itchy feet after just over a year in west London, claiming that he views Fulham as a stepping stone to a bigger club in the future.

Dembele told Flemish newspaper De Standaard,:"I did well last season when I was not injured, through many matches for Fulham, so why not step higher?"

Of Tottenham's reported interest, Dembele added: "Yes, I heard that. It would obviously be a step higher, and that has always been my goal.''

Dembele maintains he is happy at Craven Cottage at the moment, though he said the chance of possibly playing in a team competing at the top end of the Premier League would be something to consider.

Dembele scored in the Cottagers' recent 2-0 win at Wigan, and believes he is "evolving'' under the guidance of Fulham's Dutch boss Martin Jol.

"My thinking has changed somewhat. I shoot much more on target,'' Dembele said. "The Fulham coach says that I am evolving. In the past, I could have gone four games and not taken a shot at goal. That no longer happens. Each match I shoot four times. I have also scored. Not enough, I know, but it will come.''

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